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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:11 AM
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Malcolm X Was Born 80 Years Ago Today


"If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country."
Speech, Nov. 1963, New York City.

"I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation."
Malcolm X.

"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country."
Malcolm X, February 19, 1965 (2 days before he was murdered by Nation of Islam followers).

"When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire . . . or preserve his freedom."
Malcolm X.

"I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."
Malcolm X.
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Vladimir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:13 AM
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1. May he rest in peace n/t
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spindoctor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:14 AM
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2. I am sure they'll be celebrating in Omaha all day long
yea....
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:23 AM
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3. My hero.
Malcolm rocks. And I am eternally grateful to Spike Lee for making an amazing movie about him to prevent America from erasing Malcolm X from its history.

    I might point out here that colonialism or imperialism, as the slave system of the West is called, is not something that is just confined to England or France or the United States. The interests in this country are in cahoots with the interests in France and the in terests in Britain. It's one huge complex or combine, and it creates what's known not as the American power structure or the French power structure, but an international power structure. This international power structure is used to suppress the masses of dark-skinned people all over the world and exploit them of their natural resources.

    Malcolm X, February 14, 1965 (taken from the essay 'Malcolm X, our revolutionary son & brother.' by Patricia Robinson)

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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:25 AM
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4. Thank you
I love his words.
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Itsthetruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:37 AM
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5. Malcolm X Video And Audio Clips On The Internet


May 19 1925 - February 21 1965

Malcolm X video and audio clips at the following link:

http://www.africawithin.com/malcolmx/malcolm_clips.htm
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:39 AM
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6. Thank you too!!!!!!!!!
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Itsthetruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:51 AM
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7. Malcolm X's Eulogy By Ossie Davis
MALCOLM X'S EULOGY
Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X
Faith Temple Church Of God
February 27,1965

"Here - at this final hour, in this quiet place - Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes -extinguished now, and gone from us forever. For Harlem is where he worked and where he struggled and fought - his home of homes, where his heart was, and where his people are - and it is, therefore, most fitting that we meet once again - in Harlem - to share these last moments with him. For Harlem has ever been gracious to those who have loved her, have fought her, and have defended her honor even to the death.

It is not in the memory of man that this beleaguered, unfortunate, but nonetheless proud community has found a braver, more gallant young champion than this Afro-American who lies before us - unconquered still. I say the word again, as he would want me to : Afro-American - Afro-American Malcolm, who was a master, was most meticulous in his use of words. Nobody knew better than he the power words have over minds of men. Malcolm had stopped being a 'Negro' years ago. It had become too small, too puny, too weak a word for him. Malcolm was bigger than that. Malcolm had become an Afro-American and he wanted - so desperately - that we, that all his people, would become Afro-Americans too.

There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain - and we will smile. Many will say turn away - away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man - and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate - a fanatic, a racist - who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them : Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.

Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. And, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves. Last year, from Africa, he wrote these words to a friend: 'My journey', he says, 'is almost ended, and I have a much broader scope than when I started out, which I believe will add new life and dimension to our struggle for freedom and honor and dignity in the States. I am writing these things so that you will know for a fact the tremendous sympathy and support we have among the African States for our Human Rights struggle. The main thing is that we keep a United Front wherein our most valuable time and energy will not be wasted fighting each other.' However we may have differed with him - or with each other about him and his value as a man - let his going from us serve only to bring us together, now.

Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man - but a seed - which, after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then for what he was and is - a Prince - our own black shining Prince! - who didn't hesitate to die, because he loved us so."
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:58 AM
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10. One of my favorites!
Edited on Thu May-19-05 09:59 AM by Solly Mack
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:57 AM
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8. Malcolm X on civil rights and human rights
From http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/malcolmxballot...

"The same government that you go abroad to fight for and die for is the government that is in a conspiracy to deprive you of your voting rights, deprive you of your economic opportunities, deprive you of decent housing, deprive you of decent education.... Not only did we give of our free labor, we gave of our blood. Every time he had a call to arms, we were the first ones in uniform. We died on every battlefield the white man had. We have made a greater sacrifice than anybody who's standing up in America today. We have made a greater contribution and have collected less....

So, where do we go from here? First, we need some friends. We need some new allies. The entire civil-rights struggle needs a new interpretation, a broader interpretation. We need to look at this civil-rights thing from another angle -- from the inside as well as from the outside.... We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level -- to the level of human rights. Whenever you are in a civil-rights struggle, whether you know it or not, you are confining yourself to the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam. No one from the outside world can speak out in your behalf as long as your struggle is a civil-rights struggle. Civil rights comes within the domestic affairs of this country....

But the United Nations has what's known as the charter of human rights; it has a committee that deals in human rights. ... When you expand the civil-rights struggle to the level of human rights, you can then take the case of the black man in this country before the nations in the UN. You can take it before the General Assembly. You can take Uncle Sam before a world court. But the only level you can do it on is the level of human rights. Civil rights keeps you under his restrictions, under his jurisdiction. Civil rights keeps you in his pocket. Civil rights means you're asking Uncle Sam to treat you right. Human rights are something you were born with. Human rights are your God-given rights. Human rights are the rights that are recognized by all nations of this earth. And any time any one violates your human rights, you can take them to the world court.

Uncle Sam's hands are dripping with blood, dripping with the blood of the black man in this country. He's the earth's number-one hypocrite. He has the audacity -- yes, he has -- imagine him posing as the leader of the free world. The free world! And you over here singing "We Shall Overcome." Expand the civil-rights struggle to the level of human rights. Take it into the United Nations, where our African brothers can throw their weight on our side, where our Asian brothers can throw their weight on our side, where our Latin-American brothers can throw their weight on our side, and where 800 million Chinamen are sitting there waiting to throw their weight on our side. Let the world know how bloody his hands are. Let the world know the hypocrisy that's practiced over here. Let it be the ballot or the bullet. Let him know that it must be the ballot or the bullet."
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:58 AM
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9. Happy Birthday Malcolm
you would nor believe the stuff going down these days, Malcolm. Remember those chickens coming home to roost? Well, the whole country is being run by a poultry farm now. Things are bad and we could sure use you now. I miss you.
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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 12:15 PM
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11. Born: Malcolm Little, May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska
Malcolm X

Born: Malcolm Little, May 19, 1925, Omaha, Nebraska

Died: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, February 21, 1965, Audubon Ballroom, Harlem, New York City

Gods Judgment of White America
(The Chickens Come Home to Roost)

New York City, December 4, 1963

Edited by Benjamin Karim

When this speech was delivered, Malcolm X was at the height of his influence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam. He was largely credited with increasing NOI national membership to 30,000 from an estimated 500 in 1952, the year Malcolm left prison as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

Shortly after making this speech, Malcolm was asked his opinion on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the previous month. Malcolm replied that Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon" the reason some call this Malcolms Chickens Come Home To Roost speech. The remark set off a firestorm, leading Elijah Muhammad to sentence his spokesman to 90 days of silence. Malcolm formally broke with the NOI in March 1964, to found the Muslim Mosque, Inc. (See the Official Malcolm X Web Site.)




White America refuses to study, reflect, and learn a lesson from history; ancient Egypt didn't have to be destroyed. It was her corrupt government, the crooked politicians, who caused her destruction. Pharaoh hired Hebrew magicians to try and fool their own people into thinking they would soon be integrated into the mainstream of that country's life. Pharaoh didn't want the Hebrews to listen to Moses' message of separation. Even in that day separation was God's solution to the "slave's problem." By opposing Moses, the magicians were actually choosing sides against the God of their own people.



Now that the show is over, the black masses are still without land, without jobs, and without homes ... their Christian churches are still being bombed, their innocent little girls murdered. So what did the March on Washington accomplish? Nothing! We want fertile, productive land on which we can farm and provide our own people with sufficient food, clothing, and shelter. This government must supply us with the machinery and other tools needed to dig into the earth. Give us everything we need for them for from twenty to twenty-five years, until we can produce and supply our own needs.

http://www.blackcommentator.com/42/42_malcolm.html
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 02:11 PM
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12. 'Pharaoh hired magicians to fool people into thinking they'd soon be integrated'
I hadn't heard that in any Malcolm X speech before, and I certainly don't remember seeing it in the Bible. Food for thought.
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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 11:23 PM
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15. Happy Birthday Malcolm
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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 08:56 PM
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13. Revolutions Are Based on Land
The black revolution is the struggle of the nonwhites of this earth against their white oppressors. The black revolution has swept white supremacy out of Africa, out of Asia, and is getting ready to sweep it out of Latin America. Revolutions are based upon land. Revolutionaries are the landless against the landlord. Revolutions are never peaceful, never loving, never nonviolent. Nor are they ever compromising. Revolutions are destructive and bloody. Revolutionaries don't compromise with the enemy; they don't even negotiate. Like the flood in Noah's day, revolution drowns all opposition, or like the fire in Lot's day, the black revolution burns everything that gets in its path.

-Malcolm X
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-05 09:02 PM
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14. Malcolm X - american hero.
:thumbsup:
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