In Remembrance of Malcolm X

In Remembrance of Malcolm X


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



 A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history,

expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood it can never fulfill itself



In Remembrance of Malcolm X ”El Hajj Malik El Shabazz”

By M. Quinn



San Francisco, California May 16, 2006

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha Nebraska; El Hajj Malik El Shabazz better known as the beloved Minister Malcolm X, became one of the most charismatic and enlightened social, political and spiritual leaders of the 20th century, and without a doubt went through one of the most magnificent transformations bestowed upon man by the creator. 

Malcolm lived and taught the rule of self-sufficiency, and self-reliance coupled with the philosophy relevant to the “Knowledge of Self” – founded on the principles of precisely who African people truly are, not the debased image created by the American mainstream media.

In an interview, Malcolm was once asked why it was so important for the White man to have a different perspective of the Blackman – in his soulfully candid and eloquent style Malcolm stated the following;

“The focus for the Blackman should never be to change the way that the white man perceives the Blackman, but to change the way the Blackman perceives himself”.

The overriding message articulated here by Brother Malcolm continues to resonate in today’s society. The language between too many Black men that refer to themselves as niggas, dogs, and thugs continues to denigrate the minds of our youth, our people, our communities, and our culture. How we view ourselves is critically important – because it determines how and what we teach our children, our philosophy on life, and the social, political and economic impact that we make on our communities.

One of the fundamental problems that continue to vex and perplex people of African descent on these American shores, and in the world community is unquestionably connected to the lack of “Self Knowledge.” Too many people of African descent have steadfastly adopted the customs, nationality and ways of others, which are in direct contradiction to who they are as a people.

Malcolm further cited that;

“A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood it can never fulfill itself.”

It is imperative that we pay complete reverence to one of the most magnificent human beings of our lifetime. Let us remember his legacy, and let us likewise remember the sacrifices that Malcolm made for the advancement of our collective people.  We must not become so superficial, while being completely consumed and mesmerized by American dollarism that we allow his tremendous legacy to go to waste.  

So therefore, let us commemorate the life, the lessons, and the philosophy set forth by El Hajj Malik El Shabazz – the Honorable Minister Malcolm X, and his diligent work toward the resurrection of the Blackman, woman, and child. “The Struggle continues.”

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M. QUINN is a San Francisco Bay Area freelance writer specializing in social, historical and political analysis, and commentary. FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & INTERVIEWS CONTACT:

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“REMOVING THE VEIL” By M. Quinn   ISBN: 978-1-4116-9612-9


M. QUINN is a San Francisco Bay Area freelance writer specializing in social, historical and political analysis, and commentary.


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18 May 2006

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Malcolm X artifacts unearthed—Police docs and more found among belongs of ‘Shorty’ Jarvis—1 February 2012—Documents outlining the crime that landed Malcolm X in prison in the 1940s are among some 1,000 recently unearthed items purchased jointly by the civil rights leader’s foundation and an independent collector of African-American artifacts. The documents and other artifacts belonged to late musician Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, who served in prison with Malcolm X and was one of his closest friends. Jarvis’ 1976 pardon paper also is part of the collection, which was recently discovered by accident. The items had been in a Connecticut storage unit that had gone into default, and were initially auctioned off to a buyer who had no idea what he was bidding on. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, which oversees the Malcolm X Center located at his birthplace, will house and display the just-arrived archives. It split the cost with Black History 101 Mobile Museum, based in Detroit—the birthplace of the Nation of Islam.—Mobile Museum founder and curator Khalid el-Hakim declined to identify the original buyer or the price the two organizations paid for the trove. Still, even after splitting the cost, he said it’s the largest acquisition to date for his mobile museum, which includes Jim Crow-era artifacts, a Ku Klux Klan hood and signed documents by Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. . . . The collection also reveals an enduring connection between the two Malcolms after their incarceration, Malcolm X’s conversion to Islam and his rise to prominence. There’s a 72-page scrapbook of Malcolm X’s life that was maintained by Jarvis until after his friend’s 1965 assassination. One of the civil rights era’s most controversial and compelling figures, Malcolm X rose to fame as the chief spokesman of the Nation of Islam, a movement started in Detroit more than 80 years ago. He proclaimed the black Muslim organization’s message at the time: racial separatism as a road to self-actualization and urged blacks to claim civil rights “by any means necessary” and referred to whites as “devils.”—TheGrio

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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins’ bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

Manning Marable’s new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties.

Reaching into Malcolm’s troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents’ activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

By David Graeber

Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.  Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.  

Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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