Take some time to honor the legend. Today is Malcolm X’s 86th birthday!. The activist was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39 and his impact is still being felt today.
Malcolm has been seen as one of the most pivotal figures in African-American history, advocating for a united Black economic and social structure that could stand on its own. Pitted as a radical in his early days in the Nation of Islam, Malcolm was largely criticized and misunderstood. After his trip to Mecca, Malcolm came back ready to embrace a more widespread mission of peace and unity.
Unfortunately, thanks to a split with Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and government intervention, Malcolm was assassinated in 1965. Still, his legacy is felt to this day. If you want to learn more about X, you can read Manning Marable’s biography Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention. It gives Malcolm’s full story. Learn something, young bucks!
What’s your favorite Malcolm quote? Speak on it.