It’s Malcolm X Day and time to reflect on some of the teachings of the great man
It might be a little cliché but everyday should be Malcolm X day. The level of integrity, honour and consistency towards mission of equality for Black people that he displayed is worth of daily acknowledgement.
His relentless of pursuit of justice for people of African descent took immense courage given the climate of the times that he lived in. In 1963, the New York Times reported that Malcolm X was the second most sought after speaker in the United States. This is testament to how powerful his speeches were and how wide of an appeal he had despite his negro background.
The following was taken from the Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X and sums up why everyday should be Malcolm X Day. “Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. And, in honouring him, we honour the best in ourselves”
These quotes were lifted from speeches of Malcolm X and I hope they will encourage you to do more research into the great Malcolm X man who, despite what the propaganda might want you to believe, stood for justice for all people.
“During slavery, the same slave master that owned us put his name on us to denote that we were his property……..the real names of our people were destroyed during slavery”
“Usually the divide and conquer tactics have always been used by the oppressor to keep the oppressed , oppressed”
“Who taught you to hate the colour of your hair? Who taught you to hate the colour of your skin to such extent that you bleach to get like the white man?”
“We will kill you for our Woman!”
“There were two kinds of negroes, the house negro and the field negro. The house negro always looked out for his master. When the field negroes got too much out of line he held them back in check”
Happy Malcolm X Day