Tuesday, February 23

The Legacy of Malcolm X

"Racial segregation was not the law in the postwar North, but it was the reality. In virtually all aspects of life, Northern blacks encountered racism and segregation. Blacks who left the South found themselves forced to live in huge urban ghettos and educate their children in inferior schools. Skilled or professional jobs were reserved for whites. Blacks were constantly subject to white authority, especially police harassment. ... In the first years of the civil rights struggle, the most significant organizational expression of this new movement was the Nation of Islam. By the late 1950s, the group’s membership reached an estimated one hundred thousand, with Malcolm X as its most prominent member. ..."
Jacobin: The Legacy of Malcolm X
Malcolm X on Democracy Now!: Watch Speeches, Interviews with Activists & Biographer Manning Marable (Video)
The Atlantic: The Legacy of Malcolm X
Smithsonian: Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Power
On This Day In History 1965: Malcolm X Assassinated

2008 August: Malcolm X, 2012 August: Malcolm X at Oxford, 1964