Thirty-six years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. Columbia University and the daughters of Malcolm X aremarking the anniversary with the announcement of a project to archive the slain leader’s personal papers and to createan electronic version of his autobiography.
The project, to be completed over the next decade, will also include interviews with 200 of Malcolm X’s relatives andcontemporaries, a new biography and a collection of his speeches, essays and letters.
Accolades and recognition, like that given today by Colombia, would have been unthinkable 36 years ago. Then, MalcolmX was a revolutionary leader at the height of his powers. He was an inspiration to those in the US and around theglobe who were demanding radical change. And he attracted enemies.
The speech we are about to hear was given the day after his house was firebombed. A week later Malcolm X would begunned down as he addressed a crowd in Harlem. In the brief moment between these acts of violence, Malcolm X spoke outin Michigan.
- Malcolm X, speaking in Michigan.