14. Juni 2020
I know it’s hard to stomach, but listen to Malcolm, the worst case: A black muslim speaking out truth knowing he will be punished for being Black AND Muslim. He was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1946 for larceny and breaking. In prison, he joined the Nation of Islam, adopted the name Malcolm X, and quickly became one of the organization’s most influential leaders after being paroled in 1952. Malcolm X then served as the public face of the organization for a dozen years, where he advocated for black supremacy, black empowerment, and the separation of black and white Americans, and publicly criticized the mainstream civil rights movement for its emphasis on nonviolence and racial integration.
Throughout 1964, his conflict with the Nation of Islam intensified, and he was repeatedly sent death threats. On February 21, 1965, he was assassinated. Three Nation members were charged with the murder and given indeterminate life sentences.
Once upon a time in 2011 we gathered in my cottage, Keerom Street 9 in Barrydale, to watch the movie Malcolm X.