Ed Ford / U.S. Library of Congress

Malcolm X smiles near a microphone

Malcolm X smiles broadly at a public event, circa 1964. He was born in 1925, so he would have been about 39 or 40 when this photo was taken.

The photo was taken by Ed Ford for the World Telegram. It's now part of the collections of the U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

See our biography of Malcolm X