“Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.”
— James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979.
Remember Brother Malcolm
May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm, but his birthday is not why we must remember Malcolm. Why then do we remember Malcolm? Malcolm is best remembered as being the one force that opened the eyes of more than 22 million Black people in America to the political tricks and games played on them by their so-called government. It was Malcolm who gave a new definition of politics to Black people.
Malcolm exposed so-called leaders of the Black Liberation struggle for the opportunists and bootlickers they were. It was Malcolm who traveled the African continent spreading the truth and destroying the myths about the plight of Black people in America. It was Malcolm who examined American tradition and told it like it is. It was Malcolm who challenged the manhood of Black Americans by telling them that they had better “stop singing and start swinging!”
It is the wisdom, the strength, and the love of humanity that was Malcolm, that was the motivating force in the founding of the Black Panther Party.
Malcolm is manifested in Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver. There was Malcolm in Bobby Hutton, “Bunchy,” and John Huggins. The Black Panther Party does not commemorate the death date of a revolutionary. But be it his birthdate or not, Malcolm is ever present in the thoughts and actions of Black revolutionaries who are putting something into practice.
Happy Birthday Malcolm Little a.k.a Malcolm X a.k.a El-Hajjj Malik El-Shabazz, you’re missed dearly.
Malcolm was a prophet.
—Malcolm X (via mooramani)
—Malcolm X | The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964)