In a telegram to Mrs. Betty Shabazz after the assassination of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had this to say about Malcolm X.
“…I always had a deep affection for Malcolm and felt that he had a great ability to put his finger on the existence and the root of the problem. He was an eloquent spokesman for his point of view and no one can honestly doubt that Malcolm had a great concern for the problems we face as a race.”
Today, February 21st forty-four (44) years ago an assassins murdered Malcolm X. Maybe they like some today feel that they should by any means necessary do whatever you have to do to prevent the rise of anyone who could unify and electrify the majority of the nation into a progressive movement of change.
Perhaps it’s too late, although many will continue to try.
Here’s a clip from the “Segregation or Integration Debate” between Bayard Rustin & Malcolm X. It’s a Fascinating Debate when or if you study it. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to this debate.
Regardless of what many may choose to believe about Malcolm X or what you’ve been told without taking the time to research I invite you to read and listen to what he has to say in depth. Try to understand the meaning of his message and not just the words on the surface. Perhaps you may take away something that may benefit or expand your understanding of the man.
I love this quote from Malcolm X regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after the March on Selma he said in a conversation with Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Primarily because I understood the humor and seriousness in his statement.
“I want Dr. King to know that I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King.”
Malcolm X is undutiful overlooked, misunderstood and mischaracterized. When you look towards the bent of his life you’ll see and appreciate his journey.
References & Inspirations Islamic Videos “The Life of Malcolm X” CBS: City Desk “Interview with Malcolm X” Columbia University “The Malcolm X Project” Malcolm X Museum “Virtual Tour”