Rest in Black Power #MalcolmX.
@uncolonial_history - “There are those who will tell us to revile him to flee even from the presence of his memory...and we will smile…and we will answer and say to them Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? ...have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him?...For if you did you would know him. And you would know why we must honor him ... And in honoring him we honor the best in ourselves…”
On this day in history on February 21st of 1965 Malcom X was assassinated.
Born on May 19th of 1925 his birth name was Malcom Little. His father and mother Earl & Louise were both deeply involved in a local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Just like their son decades later Malcom’s parents paid severely for their activism. They were chased out of Omaha to Milwaukee where yet again they were harassed by a Klan splinter group. In 1929 their house was burned to the ground and two years later his father was found dead lying across the streetcar tracks. Although Malcom believed his father was murdered the police ruled the incident an accident.
Although he excelled in school Malcom grew frustrated with teachers that antagonized him. He dropped out. After a string of robberies Malcom spent seven years in prison and it was then that he converted to the Nation of Islam. He found power and pride in his new religion. In 1950 still in prison he wrote a letter to President Truman condemning the Korean War. He signed the letter Malcom X.
He soon became one of the most important figures of the 20th century. He brought tens of thousands of people to the Nation of Islam which urged Black people to build up their own institutions separate from white people and to resist the violence of racism “by any means necessary.” America saw him as a threat and over time his ideas have frequently been twisted and misunderstood.
In 1964 he left the Nation of Islam. He was branded a traitor. He received death threats and his house was firebombed. A year after leaving he was shot to death by several Nation of Islam members while giving a speech in Harlem.
Today Malcom would have been 92. #blackhistorymonth
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