Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Wisdom of Malcolm X

"We declare our right on this Earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary!" - Malcolm X

"The Ballot or The Bullet" was a speech by Malcolm X. It is about the struggle of all disenfranchised people from the example of 1950-1960's American black nationalism, the wish to have a nation where displaced blacks (who were enslaved by early Euro-Americans) can be treated fairly and equally). It was delivered on April 12, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan (Vincent Voice Library, Michigan State University).
"Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"
Marable’s Exhaustive Biography of the Civil Rights Leader
Events are being held today, May 19th, across the country to mark what would have been Malcolm X’s 86th birthday. Earlier this year a major new biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention was published. The book’s author, Columbia Univ. Professor Dr. Manning Marable, died at the age of 60 just days before its publication. Two decades in the making, the nearly 600-page biography is described as a re-evaluation of Malcolm X’s life, providing new insights into the circumstances of his assassination [by the American government through the FBI and the war against black America through the FBI's Cointelpro?], as well as raising questions about Malcolm X’s own autobiography. DemocracyNow! speaks with Zaheer Ali, one of the researchers who worked with Dr. Marable on the biography. "In a sense, this book is a kind of iconoclasm in that way, in that it takes Malcolm off of the pedestal to examine him as a human being struggling through these political and religious currents that he was in," says Zaheer. More

Malcolm X versus the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.