Remembering Malcolm X On The 50th Anniversary Of His De@th
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Today (February 21, 2015) marks the 50th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s death and in honor of the memory and legacy of the human rights leader I would like us to take a moment to reflect, remember and rededicate ourselves to some of the principles Malcolm X stood for: Justice, freedom, dignity, self-help, and the appreciation of history and culture.
Says Malcolm X’s eldest daughter, Ambassador Attallah Shabazz:
“Throughout the 50 years, since the 1965 assassination of my father before my eyes, the resonance of his loving and engaging presence in our home, and in my life directly, still accompanies me strongly. At times, longingly, I miss him (and my mom), greatly. As an up-close witness to a mindful evolution, my father’s life serves as an everlasting inspiration to exhibit respect, compassion, and consideration to all people. He was—is—a gift for me, and I am touched that his life continues to nurture others.”
The Shabazz Family and X Legacy will join forces with community and world leaders, renowned scholars and authors, universities, students, artists, organizations, charities, socially responsible businesses and other activists to engage in a series of planned and future events to spend the next calendar year bringing the works of Malcolm X back to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. (thesource.com)
“I think that if we were to look at this current moment the legacy of Malcolm speaks to overcoming adversity, failing schools, the prison industrial complex, criminalization of black men, unfair prison sentencing, all those things that Malcolm experienced,” Zaheer Ali says.
“I think the biggest takeaway for this generation is Malcolm’s indictment of the nation state. The failure of the state to fulfill its side of the social contract, to protect black life, black liberty, black property.” (aljazeera.com)
Not only was Malcolm X aware of America’s failure of Black America, but he was not one to beg for them to change. Instead of asking for change, Malcolm X believed that we should become the change we are seeking. Stand on our own, pull back our hands that we have extended for help and put those same hands to work towards the betterment of our condition. And then use those same hands to fight to protect what is rightfully ours.
As much of an icon that he has become, Malcolm X was a common man. He dwelled, floundered and transcended the dredges of this failed system. The system tried to consume him, and he even consumed others at points in his life by committing crimes against others. Those experiences led to a realistic view of this life from multiple perspectives. He understood the purpose and value of living a righteous life because he had lived an unrighteous life. Malcolm learned that if anyone is to have freedom, that means everyone has to have freedom.
Some leaders may seem visionary, where Malcolm X was practical and more common-sense based.
Malcolm X may not be here physically, but his words and legacy leave a clear blueprint to living a life of freedom.
Please take the time to remind yourself of Malcolm X’s wisdom and knowledge:
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