On this day, 47 years ago, a great man of integrity, wisdom and courage was martyred in Harlem at the place formerly known as the Audobon Ballroom and now, The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center.
El Haj Malik El-Shabazz, a.k.a. Malcolm X was a liberator and force of justice who advocated for the upliftment of our race and those of good-will. He was a man, inspired by faith and freedom, who wanted people, especially people of African ancestry, to understand our prominent and special place in history and to act accordingly. His courage and sacrifice is now legendary. There was a great price he paid for us. Today, many may take his lessons and teachings of self-pride, self-defense, empowerment and nationalism for granted yet we should take a moment and reflect on his legacy and contributions to our people, country and world. All across the globe, scholars and leaders admire and respect Malcolm X for his intelligence, integrity, courage, love and sacrifice to take on racism, colonialism, injustice and insincere means to remedy these spoils of society during a period of what was apartheid in the United States. He took on the bullies of hate and bigotry. He fought our battles. He gave and took the blows so that we could get closer to freedom with our dignity and culture, in tact. He lived and died for us.
Never forget his words, “We declare our rights on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being, in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!”
Today, let’s pay our respects to him and show our respect and appreciation in the days to come… We live in a better society because of Malcolm X. We also have more work to do because of him and others who paved the way for us.
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