MALCOLM X WOULD HAVE BEEN EIGHTY YEARS OLD TODAY Born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925, known as Detroit Red in one time, as a firebrand in another, Malcolm X is a testament to the power of one man to lift his people. His hand in history lifts us still. X had the courage of vision.
What Malcolm saw, he told to people who would not listen. What he saw changed. X heard the common heart beating in us all. He saw wrong in his leader, who had made him who he was. X had the courage to make himself new out of the ashes of his past. So he died in a fire of gunshots. May he live forever in the fire of our hearts, the fire that knows freedom may seem scorched on its edges but is a fire that never will burn out.
It is snowing somewhere on this last day of winter March 20, 2005. The man Malcolm X is dead and gone, but his wisdom alights in the air before us for those who have eyes yearning for truth. Spring arrives tomorrow on the calendar for those who late hold spring in their hearts.
IN THE WORDS OF MALCOLM X The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.