February 21, 1965. Malcolm X’s bloody assassination in New York City. The following piece is originally published here. *** Malcolm X Was More Than MLK’s Alter Ego BY: PENIEL E. JOSEPH His memory remains contested and debated, as witnessed by the recent controversies over his depiction in rapper Nicki Minaj’s cover art and a Queens, N.Y., public school teacher forbidding students to write about him during Black History Month … Continue reading Malcolm X: “Black America’s Unofficial Prime Minister”
Three days prior to the 1963 “March on Washington” campaign in the United States, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement icon, and Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of the NAACP, were invited to the NBC news program “Meet the Press” to address questions concerning the March. The “Meet the Press” questions reflected the deep-rooted fear that most white people and the US government had about the … Continue reading The March on Washington: MLK’s Take on Moderation and Other Thoughts
While reading ASSATA, Assata Shakur‘s autobiography, I came across the following section, and I thought it is worth sharing! I wish I could write as descriptively and piercingly as Assata does. ASSATA is an excellent book that I recommend to anyone interested in understanding the “impact of racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman,” as reviewed by the NY Times. And the impact … Continue reading Turning Point: What happens when a book is judged by its cover?