Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said in a "60 Minutes" interview to be broadcast Sunday that he regrets his writings may have led others to murder Malcolm X.
He spoke while seated across the table from the civil rights leader's oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz. This week, she issued a statement thanking Farrakhan for acknowledging his role and said: "I wish him peace."
Shabazz, then 6, saw her father gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965. Three men with ties to the Nation of Islam were convicted in the slaying and served prison terms.
A year earlier, Malcolm X's criticism of Nation of Islam spiritual leader Elijah Muhammad had caused a bitter split with church leaders, including Farrakhan. Farrakhan called Malcolm X a traitor and wrote, two months before the killing, that "such a man is worthy of death."
Farrakhan has denied ordering the assassination but in 1994 admitted to having "helped create the atmosphere" that led to it. In the interview, he said, "As I may have been complicit in words that I spoke leading up to February 21st, I acknowledge that and regret that any word that I have said caused the loss of life of a human being."
Shabazz's mother, Betty Shabazz, who died in 1997, had publicly accused Farrakhan of a role in the murder. She reconciled with him after her daughter Qubilah was charged in 1994 with plotting to hire a hit man to kill him. The charges were later dropped.