As we commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of our dear beloved brother Malcolm X aka Al Hajj Malik Shabbaz, these are the things I reflect on:
Malcolm X made people feel uncomfortable with the necessary truths he spoke.
Malcolm X spoke the truth regardless of the consequences. He didn’t believe in appeasing society, he believed in challenging society to confront the ills that are deeply rooted in these United States of America. He never looked for approval.
Malcolm X evolved over time. He traveled the world and saw the struggle of Black people in the US connected to the struggles of other oppressed people.
Malcolm X was unapologetically Muslim. He was unapologetically Black.
*Malcolm X may have been the most hated man in America but he was also one of the most respected men in US history.
Malcolm X was a flawed human being and still one of the most important historical figures to communities all over the world.
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” was transformative for so many people. If you haven’t read it - get on it.
If Malcolm X was alive today, he would tell you all to SNAP OUT OF IT and that this moment has come many times for so many communities and for some this dark moment is their every day. Stay focused.
We don’t need more Malcolm X’s, there is only one - but we need more of the courage, clarity, and fearlessness he embodied now more than ever.
When I feel weak I remember Malcolm X’s words. “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”