Thursday, February 25, 2010

Black History Month Spotlight

The fearless and free-spirited Malcolm X was a minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan in 1925, Malcolm witnessed first-hand the harsh and cruel realities that black Americans faced as the son of a Baptist preacher heavily involved in the movement and teachings of Marcus Garvey. Malcolm has always proven to be independent and a leader among his peers. He was only educated up to the fourth grade where he was President of his class, in which he was one of only a few black students. But after living a tough life in the streets of Boston and New York, Malcolm was sent to prison where he made the decision to educate himself by taking advantage of the prison library and immersing himself in literature and the rich history of past civilizations. While in prison Malcolm became familiar with the Nation of Islam and the honorable Elijah Muhammad. From that point on Malcolm devoted his life to Allah, spreading the truth of this nation, and enlightening the millions of black Americans to exercise pride in their race and self-reliance and that one day the truth shall set us free.

There is something about courage, confidence, and charisma that is so charming and commandeering.

One of my fave quotes was when an interviewer asked Malcolm X if he considered himself militant and Malcolm laughed and answered, "I consider myself Malcolm."

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