Activist Who Cradled Malcolm X After Shooting Dies At 93

CBS New York

BERKELEY, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Civil rights activist and former Harlem resident Yuri Kochiyama, whose photograph famously appeared in Life magazine showing her cradling the head of Malcom X moments after he was shot, has died of natural causes in her Berkeley, California home. She was 93.

Kochiyama’s family said she died in her sleep Sunday.

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The mother of six was living in New York when she forged an unlikely bond with Malcolm X, and she witnessed his 1965 assassination in Upper Manhattan.

She was sitting in the front row of the Audubon Ballroom Auditorium, at 165th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights, when assassins burst in and gunned Malcolm X down.

And among her many accomplishments during 50 years of work, Kochiyama’s activism led directly to the U.S. Senate’s agreement to pay reparations and apologize to Japanese-Americans and others who were interred during the World…

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