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Index, Chronology, Annotation
During the three weeks prior to his assassination on February 21, 1965, Maclom X spoke to audiences in Britain and France and across the U.S. This is the first in a series of books that will collect--in chronological order--the major speeches and writings of this great revolutionary thinker and leader of the 20th century. (Pathfinder Press)
Posted July 5, 2006
These speeches were written as Malcolm's home was being bombed, as men who would murder him were following him across the country, when he was switching residences every day. This is a man fighting for his life, not for himself, but for the struggle for Black liberation he had long served and for the broader world-wide battle against capitalism and imperialism he had joined. Of decisive importance is his unmaking of the corruption of the Nation of Islam, of its terror tactics against dissenters, its financial swindles, its dealings with racist and facists. If they were most obviously among those who wished his death, he also shows his sense that the CIA, FBI, NYPD and other US government forces were his real enemy. The speeches also touch onhis growing involvement in the civil rights movement in America as well as Malcolm's growing concern with the war in Vietnam and the need to support African liberation fighters in the Congo and beyond. Very importantly, the material in this book contains an approach to what Elijah Mohammed and Louis Farrahkahn are about that Malcolm wanted to included in his autobiography. He wanted to revise the book to expose them, but his murder prevented it. This was the period when Malcolm X said he had stopped referring himself as a Black nationalist, because his view came more from looking at the struggles as part of an international struggle between capitalism and imperialism on one side, and oppressed peoples and working people on the other, a period when Malcolm learned much from Cuban revolutionists like Che Guevara, and other anti-capitalist fighters he met in the United States, Europe and Africa. Also recommended:
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