February 21 2015 marked 50 years since the assassination of outspoken African-American Muslim stalwart Malik al Shabazz. Malcolm X, as he was also known, was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem in 1965 while preparing to give a speech.
As an NPR blog notes, Al Shabazz can be considered as one of the great public speakers of all-time.
And while Malcolm X may have had a natural leaning toward dramatic interpretation, for him public speaking was a learned skill. At the age of 21, he was a middle school dropout and prison inmate who, “didn’t know a verb from a house.” Three months shy of his 40th birthday, he was an international media presence, a voracious reader, tough debater and a leading proponent of black nationalism.”
Below we reproduce some of al Shabazz’s iconic words, many of which may still ring a poignant bell today.
The Eric Garner case exposed a side of America that many would prefer not to look at.
Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Arabic: الحاجّ مالك الشباز), was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist.
This episode focuses on the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, St Louis, where demonstrations continue following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and now a second African-American man.
Palestinian Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Take Over Ferguson’s Websites After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown
By: Shante Wooten
In response to the police shooting that killed an unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, protests in St. Louis have turned into a veritable uprising. But now, some of the Anonymous members working on #OpFerguson, have announced that some “hacktivists” involved with the take-over of the City of Ferguson website, are in fact located within Palestine.