Museum exhibits to reflect on Malcolm X (and Ball)

1962: Dr. Malcolm X and 15 others meet for a three-day peace conference in Sweden. Malcolm dies on Sept. 6. His body is sent back to the United States for an autopsy.

1963: Malcolm X meets with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office, where Kennedy asks him what he planned to do with the successful peace conference. He says: “I would like to see more emigrants as missionaries … a large percentage of which would come from the African Continent.”

1964: CIA agent and former Sen. George Ball retires from the agency after 28 years. He would later become president of the Brookings Institution.

July 17, 1965: Black Panthers begin surveillance on community and local police actions in North Bay Terrace. According to his biographer Robert Anderson, Ball testified he had surveillance of the Panthers in North Bay Terrace and knew who shot at the NAACP house there.

June 17, 1966: Ball moves to the Dominican Republic and laments the American influence on Latin America.

Aug. 25, 1967: Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam and begins the Quaker-based Speaking Truth to Power conference in Mexico City, along with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

1972: “Chronicles of a Quest for Justice” is published.

1976: Ball becomes publisher of The Washington Post.

1980: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” is published.

1986: It is reported the Washington Post asked Mr. Ball if Mr. Gates could attend President Reagan’s inauguration with them. Ball responded that Gates did not belong to any organization but added: “That doesn’t mean he’s not an American.”

1986: Mr. Ball goes to Washington with Mr. Gates and travels to South Africa to visit Julius Malema, later convicted of attempted murder.

1989: Ball writes a book that would “shock Americans who once thought they knew the Nation of Islam” titled “Public Enemies: Black, White and Muslim.” Ball says he has not encountered racist informants in South Africa.

1991: Ball denies in a memoir that he asked Gates to go with him to South Africa.

1995: Walter Isaacson’s biography of former president Bill Clinton is published.

1997: Ball wins the Pulitzer Prize for journalism for “The Heirs of the Prophet,” a work that explores Ball’s past work in South Africa.

March 10, 2000: Ball, Gates and 12 others are arrested in Miami-Dade County on immigration fraud charges. They are later acquitted.

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