If we talk about El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, perhaps we won’t know for sure who he was if we don’t know his life in depth, but if we mention Malcolm X, the personality of this American leader is confirmed.
Why is Black Awareness Day commemorated?
Although Malcolm Little was his name, the defender of the rights of black people in the United States changed his last name, giving the X the real African last name that he could never know.
Malcolm was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, and during his childhood his life changed radically when his father, a Baptist minister, a supporter of Marcus Garvey, was killed by a streetcar. This fact was described as suspicious because Earl Little’s activism forced the family to change residence several times, either due to death threats or after seeing their home reduced to ashes.
From this, Malcolm X’s life was turned upside down, as his mother was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It is said that Malcolm got into trouble in the New York neighborhood of Harlem, for which he had to serve a sentence of more than six years in prison.
There he consumed books on politics, philosophy, literature, history and especially the reading of the Bible, the Koran and other religious texts. Subsequently, a political history began and in defense of black people, speeches and practices that served as a guide like other black American leaders for the gestation of movements such as Black Power, the Black Panthers or Black Arts, decisive in the struggle of African Americans during the 1960s and early 1970s.
It’s blatantly clear that the “justice” system values protecting the status quo of white supremacy over Black lives. Two years for taking a LIFE is UNACCEPTABLE.
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February 18, 2022
Similarly, some media platforms have stated on various occasions that members of the Islamic organization La Nación, of which he was a part until he left it for not agreeing with some positions, never forgave Malcolm for leaving the organization. He was assassinated on February 21, 1965.
“It was the forerunner of historical reparation, for the centuries of enslavement and disenfranchisement of republican citizenship, for the Black Communities of the Americas and the Diaspora, as an obligatory human right of the States with the mediation of the Organization of United Nations (UN),” said an article on the Rebelión platform.