Oct. 30, 2017

Visions From A Visionary

One week before his assassination In Brother el-Shabazz's words, my voice. Today I felt like reading a little from my favorite black visionary since I am presenting "Policing The Blackman" on the Blackman's Read Aloud Hour. This excerpt comes from the final public speech in Brother el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz life before his assassination on February 21, 1965, at the Autobahn Ballroom in Harlem, NY. The call to internationalize​ the civil rights movement to a human rights issue is a strong thread in the speech. As well as a call for black people to unite as a group to gain respect for self as well as power. Sometimes you need to bring Malcolm to the table of justice ​every now and again. "You can't be a diner when you are served a​ empty plate"