Today…February 21, 2015 marks 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, a man known and loved yet misunderstood by so many.
I won’t spend time in this article talking about Malcolm X except to say that I remember learning a great deal about the man while growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. I would learn much more about him many years later in my adult life.
Malcolm X is one of a number of Black men in American history whose life has always fascinated me. The book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was required reading in my tenth grade class at West Philadelphia High School (Philadelphia). That was nearly forty years ago! My copy of the book – the very same used in high school – now with its fragile yellow pages and cover still intact, still sits proudly on my bookshelf.
America, no…the world today still needs a man with your vision and wisdom, Malcolm…yours and of course, Brother Martin’s (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Continue to rest in peace, good brother, Malcolm.
“… Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! …”
(Excerpt from the eulogy of Malcolm X, read by Ossie Davis at Malcolm’s funeral, February 27, 1965.)
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