Malcolm X aka el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz's birthday was on May 19th. If he was alive today he'd be 91 years young and one day. What is there to say about the honorable, impactful, role model Malcolm X? A lot! The man, we as people, use as an example to change our negative behaviors is today's blog post subject. If you didn't know, Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19th, 1925. His father, Earl Little was a follower of the Honorable Marcus Garvey and a Baptist Minister that was killed by the KKK. With this as Malcolm X's foundation, it's no surprise that Malcolm X became the Nation Of Islam's (at the height of its existence) Minister Of Information and an activist for Black people. Before Malcolm X's outstanding oration skills and his devout Muslim belief, Malcolm was known as a petty thief, pimp, and an overall criminal. It's not until he was incarcerated that he discovered Elijah Muhammad's teachings of Islam, particularly the NOI's version. That discovery encouraged Malcolm to denounce his criminal ways and become a Muslim. This was a complete 180 because when Malcolm was in the free world, he was illiterate but by the time he left prison; Malcolm X was well versed in Black history and read at a level that the average person wasn't able to.
As a member of the NOI and his position as the Minister Of Information Malcolm X spoke on the behalf of the NOI, which he quickly gain followers solely because of his blunt nature and beliefs on racism that plagued the U.S. overtly. Malcolm X crossed over from local to international meeting celebrities like Muhammad Ali and traveling to Egypt and even journeying to Mecca to participate in pilgrimage. Many speculated that Malcolm caused a rift within the Nation because of his popularity, but Malcolm X never feed into egotism for the international spotlight. Another major activist at the time was Martin Luther King Jr. Often today you hear these two Black men in the same conversation as oil and water or left and right when in actuality these Brothers respected each other and agreed to disagree. Later in King's life, he moved towards the right where Malcolm stood and began to abandoning the ideology of integration and nonviolence.
The biggest trouble for Malcolm wasn't "The White Man" though he was heavily surveillance by the U.S. government and during his trip to Egypt was poisoned. His biggest threat was the NOI where Malcolm dedicated his life to. Now, if asked the NOI will deny killing Malcolm, HOWEVER, Malcolm's killer was a member of the NOI. His name, Talmadge X Hayer. The issue that most people have a hush hush circle of silence around as to why Malcolm was assassinated by the NOI is that Malcolm exposed Elijah Muhammad as a pedophile. Yes, a pedophile! Elijah Muhammad was sleeping with underage girls while preaching a "holier than thou" standard for the Black Community. You see, NOI came into the Black Community as the 'cleaner upper. ' They fed the poor, rehabbed the drug addicts, prevented crimes, etc. They had a code of conduct similar to orthodox Muslims where women wear traditional Muslim clothing including the hijab. The men wore clean suits and spoke on the streets about the NOI. Many people today then and now see Elijah Muhammad as a profit but cleverly skip over the fact he was having sex with underage girls. By Malcolm having the gumption to going against his teacher aka breaking the circle of silence, this marked him as a dead man and on February 21st, 1965 he was executed.
Today we know Malcolm X aka el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz as a great man for his activism and a pillar for hope and change. We celebrate him on his birthday May 19th, 2016 (Taurus Nation) to acknowledge his contribution to Black liberation. What we don't recognize is his uncompromising stance on child sexual abuse. Of course, this wasn't his platform but he had the moral conscious to speak truth even if it cost his his life, and it did. Forever respected, forever loved, forever praised Malcolm X.
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