Image: Malcolm X Malcolm Little aka El -Hajj Malik El- Shabazz: (Omaha, Nebr., 19 may 1925 – New York 21 February. 1965).
M.S. Handler wrote the introduction to the autobiography of Malcolm X he described a dinner at his home with the firebrand: “The Sunday before he was to officially announce his rupture with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X came to my home to discuss his plans and give me some necessary documentation.
Mrs. Handler had never met Malcolm before this fateful visit. She served us coffee and cakes while Malcolm spoke in the courteous, gentle manner that was his in private.
It was obvious to me that Mrs. Handler was impressed by Malcolm. His personality filled our living room.
Malcolm’s attitude was that of a man who had reached a crossroads in his life and was making a choice under an inner compulsion.
A wistful smile illuminated his countenance from time to time-a smile that said many things. I felt uneasy because Malcolm was evidently trying to say something which his pride and dignity
, prevented him from expressing. I sensed that Malcolm was not confident he would succeed in escaping from the shadowy world which had held him in thrall. Mrs. Handler was quiet and thoughtful after Malcolm’s departure. Looking up suddenly, she said: “You know, it was like having tea with a black panther.”
The description startled me. The Black Panther is an aristocrat in the animal kingdom. He is beautiful. He is dangerous. As a man, Malcolm X had the physical bearing and the inner self- confidence of a born aristocrat. And he was potentially dangerous. No man in our time aroused fear and hatred in the white man as did Malcolm, because in him the white man sensed an implacable foe who could not be had for any price-a man unreservedly committed to the cause of liberating the black man in American society rather than integrating the black man into that society”.
Handler went on to narrate: “Malcolm’s exposition of his social ideas was clear and thoughtful, if somewhat shocking to the white initiate, but most disconcerting in our talk was Malcolm’s belief in Elijah Muhammad’s history of the origins of man, and in a genetic theory devised to prove the superiority of black over white-a theory stunning to me in its sheer absurdity”. Another little known fact about Malcolm X is that he was the son of a Caribbean, (his mother was a light skinned half caste Grenadian), mother and an African American father, Haley gave a description in chapter one of the autobiography of Malcolm X, of what it was like for Malcolm growing up in the deep south in America: “When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders
galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night. Surrounding the house, brandishing their shotguns and rifles, they shouted for my father to come out. My mother went to the front door and opened it. Standing where they could see her pregnant condition, she told them that she was alone with her three small children, and that my father was away, preaching, in Milwaukee.
The Klansmen shouted threats and warnings at her that we had better get out of town because “the good Christian white people” were not going to stand for my father’s “spreading trouble” among the “good” Negroes of Omaha with the “back to Africa” preaching’s of Marcus Garvey.
My father, the Reverend Earl Little, was a Baptist minister, a dedicated organizer for Marcus Aurelius Garvey’s U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association). With the help of such disciples as my father, Garvey, from his headquarters in New York City’s Harlem, was raising the banner of black-race purity and exhorting the Negro masses to return to their ancestral African homeland-a cause which had made Garvey the most controversial black man on earth. Still shouting threats, the Klansmen finally spurred their horses and galloped around the house, shattering every window pane with their gun butts. Then they rode off into the night, their torches flaring, as suddenly as they had come. My father was enraged when he returned. He decided to wait until I was born-which would be soon-and then the family would move. I am not sure why he made this decision, for he was not a frightened Negro, as most then were, and many still are today. My father was a big, six-foot-four, very black man. He had only one eye. How he had lost the other one I have never known. He was from Reynolds, Georgia, where he had left school after the third or maybe fourth grade He believed, as did Marcus Garvey, that freedom, independence and self-respect could never be achieved by the Negro in America, and that therefore the Negro should leave America to the white man and return to his African land of origin.
Among the reasons my father had decided to risk and dedicate his life to help disseminate this philosophy among his people was that he had seen four of his six brothers die by violence, three of them killed by white men, including one by lynching. What my father could not know then was that of the remaining three, including himself, only one, my Uncle Jim, would die in bed, of natural causes. Northern white police were later to shoot my Uncle Oscar. And my father was finally himself to die by the white man’s hands. It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence. I have done all that I can to be Prepared”. Malcolm was a former street hustler and pimp, who converted to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad in prison. While imprisoned he discovered, the wealth of knowledge in books and began, to gather through self study an education. He would eruditely point out to Alex Haley: “I listen today to the radio, and watch television, and read the headlines about the collective white man’s fear and tension concerning China. When the white man professes ignorance about why the Chinese hate him so, my mind can’t help flashing back to what I read, there in prison, about how the blood forebears of this same white man raped China at a time when China was trusting and helpless Those original white “Christian traders” sent into China millions of pounds of opium. By 1839, so many of the Chinese were addicts that China’s desperate government destroyed twenty thousand chests of opium. The first Opium War was promptly declared by the white man. Imagine! Declaring _war_ upon someone who objects to being narcotized! The Chinese were severely beaten, with Chinese-invented gunpowder. The Treaty of Nanking made China pay the British white man for the destroyed opium; forced open China’s major ports to British trade; forced China to abandon Hong Kong; fixed China’s import tariffs so low that cheap British articles soon flooded in, maiming China’s industrial development. After a second Opium War, the Tientsin Treaties legalized the ravaging opium trade, legalized a British-French-American control of China’s customs. China tried delaying that Treaty’s ratification; Peking was looted and burned.
“Kill the foreign white devils!” was the 1901 Chinese war cry in the Boxer Rebellion. Losing again, this time the Chinese were driven from Peking’s choicest areas. The vicious, arrogant white man put up the famous signs, “Chinese and dogs not allowed”. Years later upon his finding out that Elijah Muhammad engaged in sexual relations with a number of his female secretaries some of whom were minors at the time, although he felt betrayed, he attempted to remain loyal to Elijah Muhammad, but the seeds of internal discord were already sown. Malcolm X described a 1963 rally, the last rally him and Elijah Muhammad ever appeared at together; “Mr. Muhammad made me the Nation’s first National Minister. At a late 1963 rally in Philadelphia, Mr. Muhammad, embracing me, said to that audience before us, “This is my most faithful, hard- working minister. He will follow me until he dies.” “He had never paid such a compliment to any Muslim. No praise from any other earthly person could have meant more to me. But this would be Mr. Muhammad’s and my last public appearance together”.
He related to Alex Haley his auto biographer how he tried to deal with the moral dilemma he was faced with at the time. “In my twelve years as a Muslim minister, I had always taught so strongly on the moral issues that many Muslims accused me of being “and-woman.” The very keel of my teaching, and my most
bone-deep personal belief, was that Elijah Muhammad in every aspect of his existence was a symbol of moral, mental, and spiritual reform among the American black people. For twelve years, I had taught that within the entire Nation of Islam; my own transformation was the best example I knew of Mr. Muhammad’s power to reform black men’s lives. From the time I entered prison until I married, about twelve years later, because of Mr. Muhammad’s influence upon me; I had never touched a woman. But around 1963, if anyone had noticed, I spoke less and less of religion. I taught social doctrine to Muslims, and current events, and politics. I stayed wholly off the subject of morality. And the reason for this was that my faith had been shaken in a way that I can never fully describe. For I had discovered Muslims had been betrayed by Elijah Muhammad himself”. Malcolm quoted a news paper article on the allegations against his spiritual leader at the time Elijah Muhammad: “Los Angeles, July 3 (UPI)-Elijah Muhammad, 67-year-old leader of the Black Muslim movement, today faced paternity suits from two former secretaries who charged he fathered their four children. . . . Both women are in their twenties. . . .Miss Rosary and Miss Williams charged they had intimacies with Elijah Muhammad from 1957 until this year. Miss Rosary alleged he fathered
her two children and said she was expecting a third child by him . . . the other plaintiff said he was the father of her daughter.”Deciding to confront Elijah directly about the confirmed adulterous relations he was having, Elijah Muhammad told him that: “Son, I’m not surprised,” Elijah Muhammad said. “You always have had such a good understanding of prophecy, and of spiritual things. You recognize that’s what all of this is- prophecy. You have the kind of understanding that only an old man has. I’m David,” he said. “When you read about how David took another man’s wife, I’m that David. You read about Noah, who got drunk-that’s me”. You read about Lot, who went and laid up with his own daughters. I have to fulfil all of those things”.
Malcolm X had been silenced by Elijah Muhammad upon making his “chickens coming home to roost”, comments about the Kennedy assassination: “I learned next that my “silencing” was even more thorough than I had thought. I was not only forbidden to talk with the press, I was not even to teach in my own Mosque Seven. Next, an announcement was made throughout the Nation of Islam that I would be reinstated within ninety days, “_if he submits_.” This made me suspicious-for the first time. I had completely submitted. But, deliberately, Muslims were being given the impression that I had rebelled. I hadn’t hustled in the streets for years for nothing. I knew when I was being set up.
Three days later, the first word came to me that a Mosque Seven official who had been one of my most immediate assistants was telling certain Mosque Seven brothers: “If you knew what the Minister did, you’d go out and kill him yourself.” And then I knew. As any official in the Nation of Islam would instantly have known, any death-talk for me could have been approved of-if not actually initiated-by only one man”.
The Fruit of Islam an armed unit trained in martial arts and small weapons tactics. Was populated by certain leaders who were against the policies of Malcolm, when Malcolm X was murdered some evidence points to, at the very least a peripheral involvement of some members, or former members of the Nation of Islam, specifically of the Fruit of Islam.
Many people though, contend that it was the U.S. government who is responsible for the death of Malcolm X. Malcolm X hinted that the FBI and the CIA might have been behind some of the harassment that him and his family were experiencing. In the autobiography of Malcolm X written by Alex Haley, Malcolm X said: “He said he was going to state that he had been hasty to accuse the Black Muslims of bombing his home. “Things have happened since that are bigger than what they can do. I know what they can do. Things have gone beyond that.” Malcolm X was not a simple hustler turned black radical, Malcolm was a highly intelligent and articulate individual his many speeches reveal the multidimensionality of this man, his world travel opened him up to different perspectives of human relations.
Before his death Malcolm renounced his Black Muslim past and openly stated that, he believed people could marry anyone they pleased regardless of skin hue.
Many people would have Malcolm be portrayed as a demon and an ignorant racist nothing could be farther from the truth, as far as leaders go, he was a truly universal figure.
Malcolm is held in very high esteem throughout the Muslim world, Muhammad Ali was in fact one of his protégés even though he attempted to distance himself from Malcolm when it became public that he was in disagreement with the leadership in the Nation of Islam.
The famous “Chickens coming home to roost” statement made by Malcolm was according to the official information given by the Nation of Islam the reason that he was banned from public speaking “until he apologized.”
The statement pertained to the assassination of John F Kennedy; Elijah Muhammad felt that Malcolm had brought down, in his words “heat
Image: The photo above is of Malcolm X during his trip to the Middle East and Africa.
After his pilgrimage to Mecca, he was called El Haj El Malik El Shabazz. He reminisced in his autobiography written by Alex Haley about the events leading to his dress in the photo above, I think it bears recounting in this work as a means of establishing the, path that he was on in that period of his life. “I was overwhelmed by the splendour of the beautiful blue robe and the orange turban which His Excellency then presented to me. I bent over so that he, a short bespectacled man, could properly arrange the turban on my head. His Excellency Alhadji Isa Wali also presented me with a two-volume translation of the Holy Quran”. Alhadji Wali is in the photo, above right of photo.
Image: Malcolm X above left, in Mecca praying.
Malcolm quoted from his personal diary about his experiences in Mecca; I will give a short account here: “My excitement, sitting here, waiting to go before the Hajj Committee, is indescribable. My window faces to the sea westward. The streets are filled with the incoming pilgrims from all over the world. The prayers are to Allah and verses from the Quran are on the lips of everyone. Never have I seen such a beautiful sight, nor witnessed such a scene, nor felt such an atmosphere. Although I am excited, I feel safe and secure, thousands of miles from the totally different life that I have known. Imagine that twenty-four hours ago, I was in the fourth-floor room over the airport, surrounded by people with whom I could not communicate, feeling uncertain about the future, and very lonely, and then _one_ phone call, following Dr. Shawarbi’s instructions. I have met one of the most powerful men in the Muslim world. I will soon sleep in his bed at the Jedda Palace. I know that Iam surrounded by friends whose sincerity and religious zeal I can feel. I must pray again to thank
Allah for this blessing and I must pray again that my wife and children back in America will
always be blessed for their sacrifices, too.” In another quote from his diary Malcolm repeated what Dr Azzam whose guest he was at the Jedda hotel said about racial differences in the Muslim world: “The more we talked the more his vast reservoir of knowledge and its variety seemed unlimited.
He spoke of the racial lineage of the descendants of Muhammad the Prophet, and he showed
how they were both black and white. He also pointed out how colour, the complexities of colour, and
the problems of color which exist in the Muslim world, exist only where, and to the extent that,
that area of the Muslim world has been influenced by the West. He said that if one encountered
any differences based on attitude toward color, this directly reflected the degree of Western
influence”.Malcolm described his experiences during the hajj which I think are worth re-capturing here: “My vocabulary cannot describe the new mosque that was being built around the Ka’ba. I was thrilled to realize that it was only one of the tremendous rebuilding tasks under the direction of the young Dr. Azzam, who had just been my host. The Great Mosque of Mecca, when it is finished,will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.Carrying my sandals, I followed the _Mutawaf_. Then I saw the Ka’ba, a huge black stone house in the middle of the Great Mosque. It was being circumambulated by thousands upon thousands
of praying pilgrims, both sexes, and every size, shape, color, and race in the world. I knew the
prayer to be uttered when the pilgrim’s eyes first perceive the Ka’ba. Translated, it is “O God, You are peace, and peace derives from You. So greet us, O Lord, with peace.” Upon entering the Mosque, the pilgrim should try to kiss the Ka’ba if possible, but if the crowds prevent him getting that close, he touches it, and if the crowds prevent that, he raises his hand and cries out “Takbir!”(“God is great!”) I could not get within yards. “Takbir!”My feeling there in the House of God was a numbness. My _Mutawaf_ led me in the crowd of praying, chanting pilgrims, moving seven times around the Ka’ba. Some were bent and wizened with age; it was a sight that stamped itself on the brain. I saw incapacitated pilgrims being carried by others. Faces were enraptured in their faith. The seventh time around, I prayed two _Rak’a_,
prostrating myself, my head on the floor. The first prostration, I prayed the Quran verse “Say He is God, the one and only”; the second prostration: “Say O you who are unbelievers, I worship not that which you worship. . . .” As I prostrated, the _Mutawaf_ fended pilgrims off to keep me from being trampled. The _Mutawaf_ and I next drank water from the well of Zem Zem. Then we ran between the two hills, Safa and Marwa, where Hajar wandered over the same earth searching for water for her child Ishmael. Three separate times, after that, I visited the Great Mosque and circumambulated the Ka’ba. The next day we set out after sunrise toward Mount Arafat, thousands of us, crying in unison: “Labbayka! Labbayka!” and “Allah Akbar!” Mecca is surrounded by the crudest-looking mountains I have ever seen; they seem to be made of the slag from a blast furnace. No vegetation is on them at all. Arriving about noon, we prayed and chanted from noon until sunset, and the_asr_ (afternoon) and _Maghrib_ (sunset) special prayers were performed. Finally, we lifted our hands in prayer and thanksgiving, repeating Allah’s words: “There is no God but Allah. He has no partner. His are authority and praise. Good emanates from Him, and He has power over all things.” Standing on Mount Arafat had concluded the essential rites of being a pilgrim to Mecca. No one who missed it could consider himself a pilgrim. The _Ihram_ had ended. We cast the traditional seven stones at the devil. Some had their hair and beards cut.
I decided that I was going to let my beard remain. Days later Malcolm sent a letter to his wife and some of his assistants in New York asking them to publish the following letter in news papers: “Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this Ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad, and all the other prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people _of all colors.”I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca. I have made my seven circuits around the Ka’ba, led by a young _Mutawaf_ named Muhammad. I drank water from the well of Zem Zem. Iran seven times back and forth between the hills of Mt. Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on Mt. Arafat.”There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual,displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white.”America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white’-but the ‘white’ attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen _sincere_ and _true_brotherhood practiced by all colours together, irrespective of their colour.”You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen,and experienced, has forced me to _re-arrange_ much of my thought-patterns previously held,and to _toss aside_ some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.”During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug)-while praying to the same God-with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the _words_ and in the _actions_ and in the _deeds_ of the ‘white’ Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana”We were _truly_ all the same (brothers)-because their belief in one God had removed the ‘white’from their _minds_, the ‘white’ from their _behavior_, and the ‘white’ from their _attitude_.I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept _in reality_ the Oneness of Man-and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their ‘differences’ in colour.”With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called ‘Christian’ white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster-the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.”Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities-he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the _spiritual_path of _truth_-the _only_ way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.Never , ever have I been so humbled and felt so unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an _American Negro_? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a ‘white’ man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me _his_ hotel suite, _his_ bed. By this man, His Excellency Prince Faisal, who rules this Holy Land, was made aware of my presence here in Jedda. The very next morning, Prince Faisal’s son, in person, informed me that by the will and decree of his esteemed father, I was to be a State Guest.
“The Deputy Chief of Protocol himself took me before the Hajj Court. His Holiness Sheikh
Muhammad Harkon himself okayed my visit to Mecca. His Holiness gave me two books on Islam,with his personal seal and autograph, and he told me that he prayed that I would be a successful preacher of Islam in America. A car, a driver, and a guide, have been placed at my disposal,making it possible for me to travel about this Holy Land almost at will. The government provides air-conditioned quarters and servants in each city that I visit. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honours, honours that in America would be bestowed upon a King-not a Negro.
“All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds.
“El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
Malcolm X after he returned from his tour of the Muslim and African world, he began to publicly agitate for African Americans to take their case before the United Nations: “I said that the American black man needed to recognize that he had a strong, airtight case to take the United States before the United Nations on a formal accusation of “denial of human rights”-and that if Angola and South Africa were precedent cases, then there would be no easy way that the U.S. could escape being censored on its home ground.
Malcolm X was light years ahead of his peers, in that only recently, in contemporary times associations and institutions concerned with human rights, are tentatively, beginning to draft a case, that is already before the UN Council on Human Rights, that champions the cause of the African American, as victims of the vicious human rights violations, of the United States of America , that, is as a direct result of the groundwork and awareness that Malcolm X created. Another of his diary entries reveal the following: “After a while in America, I returned abroad-and this time, I spent eighteen weeks in the Middle East and Africa.
The world leaders with whom I had private audiences this time included President Gamal Abdel Nasser, of Egypt; President Julius K. Nyerere, of Tanzania; President Nnamoi Aziki-we, of Nigeria; Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, of Ghana; President Sekou Toure, of Guinea; President Jomo Kenyatta, of Kenya; and Prime Minister Dr. Milton Obote, of Uganda.I also met with religious leaders-African, Arab, Asian, Muslim, and non-Muslim. And in all of these countries, I talked with Afro-Americans and whites of many professions and backgrounds”.
All of the names in the preceding adhered to a Socialist or an outright Communist political agenda at the time in question, Malcolm X being an American citizen was increasingly being viewed as a “clear and present danger to American homeland security”. On January 19, Malcolm X appeared on the Pierre Berton television show in Canada and said, in
response to a question about integration and intermarriage:
“I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being-neither white, black, brown, or red;
and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there’s no question of integration or
intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living
around and with another human being. I may say, though, that I don’t think it should ever be put
upon a black man, I don’t think the burden to defend any position should ever be put upon the
black man, because it is the white man collectively who has shown that he is hostile toward
integration and toward intermarriage and toward these other strides toward oneness. So as a
black man and especially as a black American, any stand that I formerly took, I don’t think that I
would have to defend it because it’s still a reaction to the society, and it’s a reaction that was
produced by the society; and I think that it is the society that produced this that should be
attacked, not the reaction that develops among the people who are the victims of that negative
society.” Alex Haley wrote about the firebombing of the home where Malcolm and his family lived narrated in the following: “Malcolm X returned to New York City on Saturday, February 13th. He was asleep with his family
when at about a quarter of three the following Sunday morning, a terrifying blast awakened them.
Sister Betty would tell me later that Malcolm X, barking commands and snatching up screaming,
frightened children, got the family safely out of the back door into the yard. Someone had thrown
flaming Molotov cocktail gasoline bombs through the front picture window. It took the fire
department an hour to extinguish the flames. Half the house was destroyed. Malcolm X had no
Pregnant, distraught Sister Betty and the four little daughters went to the home of close friends.
Malcolm X steeled himself to catch a plane as scheduled that morning to speak in Detroit.
Monday night, Malcolm X spoke to an audience in the familiar Audubon Ballroom. If he had
possessed the steel nerves not to become rattled in public before, now he was: “I’ve reached the
end of my rope!” he shouted to the audience of five hundred. “I wouldn’t care for myself if they
would not harm my family!” He declared flatly, “My house was bombed by the _Muslims_!” And he
hinted at revenge. “There are hunters; there are also those who hunt the hunters!”
Tuesday, February 16th, Malcolm X telephoned me. He spoke very briefly, saying that the
complications following the bombing of his home had thrown his plans so awry that he would be
unable to visit me upstate on the weekend as he had said he would. He said he had also had to
cancel his planned trip to
Jackson, Mississippi, which he was going to try and make later. He said he had to hurry to an
appointment, and hung up. I would read later where also on that day, he told a close associate, “I
have been marked for death in the next five days. I have the names of five Black Muslims who
have been chosen to kill me. I will announce them at the meeting.” And Malcolm X told a friend
that he was going to apply to the Police Department for a permit to carry a pistol. “I don’t know
whether they will let me have one or not, as I served time in prison.” He digressed on the dangers he faced. “But, you know, I’m going to tell you something, brother-
the more I keep thinking about this thing, the things that have been happening lately, I’m not all
that sure it’s the Muslims. I know what they can do, and what they can’t, and they can’t do some
of the stuff recently going on. Now, I’m going to tell you, the more I keep thinking about what
happened to me in France, I think I’m going to quit saying it’s the Muslims. “He walked out onto
the stage, into the applause, smiling and nodding at Brother Benjamin X who passed him en
route to the anteroom.
The young lady had picked up some paperwork she had to do when Benjamin X came in,
perspiring. She patted his hand, saying, “That was good!” Through the anteroom door, just ajar,
she and Benjamin X heard the applause diminishing, then the familiar ringing greeting,
“_Asalaikum_, brothers and sisters!”
“Asalaikum salaam!” some in the audience responded.
About eight rows of seats from the front, then, a disturbance occurred. In a sudden scuffling, a
man’s voice was raised angrily, “Take your hand out of my pocket!” The entire audience was
swiveling to look. “Hold it! Hold it! Don’t get excited,” Malcolm X said crisply, “Let’s cool it,
With his own attention distracted, it is possible that he never saw the gunmen. One woman who
was seated near the front says, “The commotion back there diverted me just for an instant, then I
turned back to look at Malcolm X just in time to see at least three men in the front row stand and
take aim and start firing simultaneously. It looked like a firing squad.” Numerous persons later
said they saw two men rushing toward the stage, one with a shotgun, the other with two
revolvers. Said U.P.I, reporter Stanley Scott: “Shots rang out. Men, women and children ran for
cover. They stretched out on the floor and ducked under tables.” Radio Station WMCA reporter
Hugh Simpson said, “Then I heard this muffled sound, I saw Malcolm hit with his hands still
raised, then he fell back over the chairs behind him. Everybody was shouting. I saw one man
firing a gun from under his coat behind me as I hit it [the floor], too. He was firing like he was in
some Western, running backward toward the door and firing at the same time.”
The young lady who was in the backstage anteroom told me, “It sounded like an army had taken
over. Somehow, I knew. I wouldn’t go and look. I wanted to remember him as he was.”
Malcolm X’s hand flew to his chest as the first of sixteen shotgun pellets or revolver slugs hit him.
Then the other hand flew up. The middle finger of the left hand was bullet-shattered, and blood
gushed from his goatee. He clutched his chest. His big body suddenly fell back stiffly, knocking
over two chairs; his head struck the stage floor with a thud.
In the bedlam of shouting, screaming, running people, some ran toward the stage. Among them
Sister Betty scrambled up from where she had thrown her body over her children, who were
shrieking; she ran crying hysterically, “My husband! They’re killing my husband!” An unidentified
photographer snapped shots of Malcolm X prone on the stage floor with people bent over him
Snatching apart his bloody shirt, loosening his tie, trying to give him mouth-to-mouth artificial
respiration, first a woman, then a man. Said the woman, who identified herself only as a
registered nurse, “I don’t know how I got up on the stage, but I threw myself down on who I
thought was Malcolm-but it wasn’t. I was willing to die for the man; I would have taken the bullets
myself; then I saw Malcolm, and the firing had stopped, and I tried to give him artificial
respiration.” Then Sister Betty came through the people, herself a nurse, and people recognizing
her moved back; she fell on her knees looking down on his bare, bullet-pocked chest, sobbing,
“They killed him!”
Patrolman Thomas Hoy, 22, was stationed outside the Audubon Ballroom entrance. “I heard the
shooting and the place exploded.” He rushed inside, he saw Malcolm X lying on the stage, and
then some people chasing a man. Patrolman Hoy “grabbed the suspect.”
Louis Michaux, the owner of the Nationalist Memorial Bookstore at 125th Street and Seventh
Avenue in Harlem, said, “I was arriving late at the meeting where Malcolm X had invited me, I met
a large number of people rushing out.”
Sergeant Alvin Aronoff and Patrolman Louis Angelos happened to be cruising by in their radio car
when they heard shots. “When we got there,” said Aronoff, “the crowds were pushing out and
screaming ‘Malcolm’s been shot!’ and ‘Get ‘im, get ‘im, don’t let him go!” The two policemen
grabbed by the arms a Negro who was being kicked as he tried to escape. Firing a warning shot
into the air, the policemen pushed the man into their police car, not wanting the angry crowd to
close in, and drove him quickly to the police station.
Someone had run up to the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital’s Vanderbilt Clinic emergency
entrance at 167th Street and grabbed a poles-and-canvas stretcher and brought it back to the
Audubon Ballroom stage. Malcolm X was put on the stretcher and an unidentified photographer
got a macabre picture of him, with his mouth open and his teeth bared, as men rushed him up to
the hospital clinic emergency entrance. A hospital spokesman said later that it was about 3:15
P.M. when Malcolm X reached a third-floor operating room. He was “either dead, or in a death-
appearing state,” said the spokesman.
A team of surgeons cut through his chest to attempt to massage the heart. The effort was
abandoned at 3:30 P.M.
Reporters who had descended upon the hospital office fired questions at the spokesman, who
kept saying brusquely, “I don’t know.” Then he took the elevator upstairs to the emergency
operating room. A small crowd of friends and Sister Betty had also pushed into the hospital office
when the hospital spokesman returned. Collecting himself, he made an announcement: “The
gentleman you know as Malcolm X is dead. He died from gunshot wounds. He was apparently
dead before he got here. He was shot in the chest several times, and once in the cheek.”
The group filed out of the hospital office. The Negro men were visibly fighting their emotions; one
kept smashing his fist into the other cupped palm. Among the women, many were openly crying.
Moments after the news flashed throughout Harlem (and throughout the entire world), a crowd
began to gather outside the Hotel Theresa where Malcolm X’sOAAU had its headquarters. They
learned over transistor radios that the man whom the two policemen had taken from the murder
scene initially identified himself as Thomas Hagan, 22 (he was later identified as Talmadge
Hayer), in whose right trousers pocket the policemen had found a .45 caliber cartridge clip
containing four unused cartridges, and then at Jewish Memorial Hospital doctors had reported
that Hayer had been shot in the left thigh, his forehead was bruised and his body was beaten. “If
we hadn’t gotten him away, they would have kicked him to death,” Sergeant Aronoff had said, and
Hayer had been taken to the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward. By five P.M. , the crowd in front of
the Theresa Hotel had been quietly, carefully dispersed, and the Black Muslim Mosque Number 7
and its restaurant around the corner, at 116th Street and Lenox Avenue, had been ordered closed
as a precautionary measure”. At the Unity Funeral Home on the east side of Eighth Avenue between 126th and 127th Streets,
Sister Betty chose a six-foot-nine-inch bronze casket lined with egg-shell velvet. At her request,
the funeral would be delayed until the following Saturday, five days away. The funeral home’s
manager Hall announced to the press that the body would be dressed in a business suit, and it
would be put on view under a glass shield from Tuesday through Friday, then the Saturday
services would be at a Harlem church.
Soon posted on the funeral home’s directory was “El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.” In Brooklyn,
orthodox Moslem Sheik Al-Hajh Daoud Ahmed Faisal of the Islamic Mission of America said that
the delayed funeral services violated a Moslem practice that the sun should not set twice on a
believer’s body, that the Koran prescribed burial inside twenty-four hours if possible, and Moslems
believed that when a body grows cold the soul leaves it and when the body is put into the earth it
comes alive again.In Chicago, where policemen were watching all bus depots, railways,
terminals, O’Hare Airport and highway entrances, Elijah Muhammad, under heavy guard in his
three-story mansion, said, “Malcolm died according to his preaching. He seems to have taken
weapons as his god. Therefore, we couldn’t tolerate a man like that. He preached war. We preach
peace. We are permitted to fight if we are attacked-that’s the Scripture, the Koran, and the Bible,
too. But we will never be the aggressor. I don’t have the right to be frightened, because I was
chosen by Allah. If Allah gives me up to the hands of the wicked, I am satisfied. My life is in the
hands of Allah.” The grounds outside the mansion were patrolled by both Chicago police and Fruit
of Islam bodyguards. More of both patrolled before the University of Islam high school, and the
offices of the newspaper Muhammad Speaks.
Malcolm X’s lawyer, Assemblyman Percy Sutton, said that the police now had the names of those
whom Malcolm X had said planned to kill him. All over Harlem, reporters were interviewing
people, and microphones were being put before the mouths of the man-in-the-street. At police
precinct station houses, people being questioned were leaving by side entrances. Said Assistant
Chief Inspector Joseph Coyle, in charge of Manhattan North detectives, “. . . . a well-planned
conspiracy. We’re doing a screening process of the four hundred people who were in the hall at
the time.” Fifty detectives were on the case, he said, and he had been in touch with police in other
Harlem was mostly asleep when around the Black Muslim Mosque Number 7, on the top floor of
a four-story building at 116th Street and Lenox Avenue, an explosive sound at 2:15 A.M. ripped
the night. Firemen were instantly summoned by the four policemen who had been guarding the
sidewalk entrance to the mosque. Within a few minutes flames burst through the building’s roof
and leaped thirty feet into the air. For the next seven hours firemen would pour water into the
building. On an adjacent roof they found an empty five-gallon gasoline can, a brown, gasoline-
stained shopping bag, and oily rags. Southbound IRT subway service was re-routed for a while,
also three bus lines. At the spectacular five-alarm fire’s height, a wall of the building collapsed; it
smashed two fire engines at the curb and injured five firemen, one seriously, and also a
pedestrian who had been across the street buying a newspaper. By daybreak, when the fire was
declared “under control,” the Black Muslim mosque and the Gethsemane Church of God in Christ
on the floor beneath it were gutted, and seven street-level stores, including the Black Muslim
restaurant, were “total losses.” Fire Department sources said that replacing the ruined equipment
would cost “around $50,000.” Joseph X of the Black Muslims, who once had been the immediate
assistant of Malcolm X, said that Elijah Muhammad’s followers had two alternative mosques to
meet in, one in Brooklyn and the other in Queens, Long Island. Both these mosques were under
continuous police guard.
Across the nation in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon two policemen discovered a fire
beginning in the San Francisco Black Muslim Mosque, and quickly extinguished it. Kerosene had
been splashed on the sidewalk and door and set afire.
The body of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz originally had been scheduled to go on public view at 2:30
P.M. Tuesday. Crowds stood in line behind police barricades waiting to be admitted and the
policemen wherever one looked included numerous patrol cars and even sharpshooters on the
roofs around the Unity Funeral Home. But the telephoned bomb-threats which had begun shortly
after noon made necessary two evacuations of the funeral home for bornb-squad searches,
which proved futile. A search was conducted even in the 43rd Street offices of the _New York
Times_ after a man telephoned complaining of an editorial about Malcolm X and said, “Your plant
will be destroyed at four o’clock.” At the funeral home in Harlem, policemen inspected all packages and floral pieces being
delivered, as well as the large handbags of women mourners. It was 6:15 P.M. when a cordon of
policemen arrived flanking Sister Betty and four close relatives and friends who entered the
funeral home in a glare of flashbulbs. “She’s a black Jacqueline Kennedy,” observed a white
reporter. “She has class, she knows what to do and when, she handles herself beautifully.”
It was 7:10 P.M. when the family party emerged and left. After ten minutes, the first of the waiting
public was admitted. Between then and an hour before midnight, two thousand people, including
scores of whites, had filed past the open coffin in which the body lay dressed in a dark business
suit, a white shirt and dark tie, with a small, oblong brass plate above it inscribed,
“El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz-May 19, 1925-Feb. 21, 1965.”
Malcolm X followers had been canvassing with growing anxiety for a Harlem church that would
accept the Saturday funeral. Officials of several churches had refused, including a spokesman for
the community’s largest church, Abyssinian Baptist, of which Congressman-Reverend Adam
Clayton Powell is the pastor; others which turned down requests, according to the _Amsterdam
News_, included the Williams C.M.E. Church and The Refuge Temple of The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Then the funeral was accepted by Bishop Alvin A. Childs for the Faith Temple,
Church of God in Christ located at 147th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The Faith Temple, a
former movie theater which had been converted fifteen years previously, could seat a thousand in
its auditorium and another seven hundred in its basement. Bishop Childs, who in 1964 had been
elected as Harlem’s “locality mayor,” told the press that it was “as a humanitarian gesture” that he
made his church available, and of Malcolm X,he said, “. . .a militant and vocal person. I did not
agree with all of his philosophy, but this did not affect our friendship.” Shortly after the news
became known, Bishop Childs and his wife began to receive the first of a succession of bomb
threats telephoned both to the church and to their home.
Prominent Negro figures were being quoted by the various press media. The famed psychologist
Dr. Kenneth B. Clark told _Jet_ magazine, “I had a deep respect for this man. I believe that he
was sincerely groping to find a place in the fight for Civil Rights, on a level where he would be
respected and understood fully. I looked forward to his growth along those lines. It doesn’t matter
so much about his past. It is tragic that he was cut down at the point when he seemed on the
verge of achieving the position of respectability he sought.” A _New York Times_ correspondent in
a London press conference quoted the author and dramatist James Baldwin, who thought the
death of Malcolm X was “a major setback for the Negro movement.” Pointing at white reporters,
Baldwin accused, “You did it. . . whoever did it was formed in the crucible of the Western world, of
the American Republic!” European “rape” of Africa began racial problems and was therefore the
beginning of the end for Malcolm X, Baldwin said.
The bookstore owner in Harlem, Louis Michaux, a major voice in the community, told the
_Amsterdam News_, “It’s things like the murder of Malcolm X that drive the masses closer
together. He died in the same manner that Patrice Lumumba met his death in the Congo. . . . We
must unite, not fight.”
“Malcolm X caused many young Negroes to take a new vision of themselves,” said Bayard
Rustin, a main figure in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. A “third party” was
suspected of killing Malcolm X by CORE’S National Director James Farmer, who said, “Malcolm’s
murder was calculated to produce more violence and murder and vengeance killings.” A few days
later, asked for his opinion of a rumor circulating about that a “Red Chinese” plot brought about
the murder, Farmer said, “I would not say it is impossible.” The utter absurdity in Farmer’ statement that a Red Chinese plot brought about the murder of Malcolm X, reveals the deliberate, imbecility of “leaders”, of his ilk with absolutely not one shred of evidence he would publicly make such a statement, it show’s what sort of man he was, pandering to the racist , paranoid thinking, of his paymaster’s.
“For the Negroes in America, the death of Malcolm X is the most portentous event since the
deportation of Marcus Garvey in the 1920’s,” said Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, author of _The Black
Muslims in America_, who talked to the press at Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he
was a visiting professor and research fellow. “I doubt there are ‘international implications‘ in the
slaying. The answer is closer to home. The answer is in the local struggle among contending
rivals for leadership of the black masses, which are potentially the most volatile sub-group in
America.” Said Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. “Master spell-binder, that he was, Malcolm X in death cast a spell more far- flung and more disturbing than any he cast in life.”
The New York City police investigators who were pursuing the case were unhappy that Malcolm’s followers had “not come forward” to aid the investigation. At police request, the press printed a telephone number, SW 5-8117, for “strictly confidential” information that anyone might offer concerning the slaying. The police had picked up and were holding Reuben Francis, described as a Malcolm X “bodyguard,” who was believed to be the person who had shot the suspected assassin Talmadge Hayer during the melee the previous Sunday at the Audubon Ballroom.
Hayer remained in the Bellevue Prison Ward, awaiting surgery.
As thousand’s continued viewing the body of the slain Malcolm X amid intermittent new bomb-
threats telephoned to the funeral home, and to the Faith Temple where his funeral was scheduled
for Saturday, a new organization, the Federation of Independent Political Action, threatened to
picket all Harlem business establishments which would not close from Thursday afternoon until
Monday morning “in tribute to Malcolm X.” The FIPA’s spokesman was Jesse Gray, the well-
known rent-strike leader; Harlem pedestrians began to behanded printed sheets reading, in part,
“If the stores refuse to close, they identify with our enemy-therefore we must close them-pass
them by. Those that shop along 125th Street during the hours that the stores are to be closed
identify with the murderous stooge that allowed the power structure to use his hands to kill
Brother Malcolm.” At a late evening FIPA rally before Louis Mi-chaux’s bookstore, Jesse Gray
declared that in 1965 a Negro should run for Mayor of New York “in the name of Malcolm,” and
speculated that such a candidate should receive 100,000 votes. Shortly after the FIPA rally,
merchants and other members of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce met and swiftly passed a
resolution urging all Harlem stores to remain open and “continue to serve their customers,” and
recommendation was made that full pay be given to any store employees who might wish to
attend Malcolm X’s funeral on Saturday morning. Then one after another, Harlem leaders sharply
criticized the FIPA proposal as “irresponsible.” Finally, nearly all of the Harlem stores kept their doors open for business. The FIPA got together about twenty pickets who patrolled for a while
before Harlem’s largest store, Blumstein’s; leading the pickets were two white men carrying signs
reading “All Stores Should Close. Honor Malcolm X.”
The weather had turned very cold. Icicles hung from the collapsed roof of the fire-ruined building that had housed Black Muslim Mosque Number 7. The _Amsterdam News_, its offices barely a block down Eighth Avenue from the funeral home where Malcolm X’s body lay, editorialized, “Steady, Eddie!” saying that orderly tributes to Malcolm X would “confound his critics, who would like nothing better than to see black people rioting over his remains.”
The fear of serious mass rioting set off by some unpredictable spark hung steadily in the air. An
increasing number of Harlem leaders declared that the principal reason for this was the
downtown white press media, sensationalizing whatwas going on in a calm, dignified community.
Finally the Harlem Ministers’ Interfaith Association would issue a formal accusation: “The
screaming headlines of many of our newspapers make it seem as if all of Harlem was an armed
camp, ready to explode at any moment. The vast majority of the citizens of the Harlem
community is not involved in the unfortunate acts of violence that have been grossly overplayed
by the press. Many times the slanting of the news is able to bring about an atmosphere through
which a few depraved and reckless individuals can take advantage.”
“_Malcolm X Died Broke_”-that headline in Harlem’s _Amsterdam News_ came as a shock to
many in the community. Few had reflected that Malcolm X, upon becoming a Black Muslim
minister, had signed an oath of poverty, so that for twelve years he never acquired anything in his own name.
(Somewhere I have read that Malcolm X in his Black Muslim days received about
$175 weekly to cover his living and other expenses exclusive of travel.) “He left his four daughters
and pregnant wife with no insurance of any kind, no savings, and no income,” the _Amsterdam
News_ story said (and it might have added that he never drew up a will; he had made a February
26th appointment with his lawyer-five days after his death). Within the week, two groups had
organized and were asking Harlemites for contributions to help Sister Betty raise and educate the
children (since organized as the Malcolm X Daughters’ Fund at Harlem’s Freedom National Bank, 275 West 125th Street).
In Boston, Malcolm X’s half-sister, Mrs. Ella Mae Collins, told a news conference that she would
choose the leaders of the OAAU to succeed Malcolm X. Mrs. Collins operated the Sarah A. Little School of Preparatory Arts where, she said, children were taught Arabic, Swahili, French, and Spanish.
In 1959, she, too, had broken away from Elijah Muhammad’s Black Muslims, to which
she had originally been converted by Malcolm X.
Far from Harlem, in lands where Malcolm X had traveled, the press had giventhe murder a
coverage that had highly irritated the Director of the United States Information Agency, Carl T.
Rowan, himself a Negro. In Washington, addressing the American Foreign Service Association,
Rowan said that when he first heard of the murder, he knew it would be grossly misconstrued in
some countries where people were unaware what Malcolm X represented, and he said the USIA
had worked hard to inform the African press of the facts about Malcolm X and his preachments,
but still there had been “a host of African reaction based on misinformation and
Said USIA Director Rowan, “Mind you, here was a Negro who preached segregation and race
hatred, killed by another Negro, presumably from another organization that preaches segregation
and race hatred, and neither of them representative of more than a tiny minority of the Negro
population of America” Rowan held up some foreign newspapers. “All this about an ex-convict,
ex-dope peddler who became a racial fanatic,” continued Rowan. “I can only conclude that we
Americans know less about what goes on in the minds of other peoples than we thought, or the
need to inform is even greater than we in USIA thought it to be.”
The _Daily Times_ of Lagos, in Nigeria, had said: “Like all mortals, Malcolm X was not without his
emancipation of his brethren, no one can doubt . . . Malcolm X has fought and died for what he
believed to be right. He will have a place in the palace of martyrs.” The _Ghanaian Times_, Accra,
called Malcolm X “the militant and most popular of Afro-American anti-segregationist leaders” and
it added his name to “a host of Africans and Americans” ranging from John Brown to Patrice
Lumumba “who were martyred in freedom’s cause.” Also in Accra, the _Daily Graphic_: “The
assassination of Malcolm X will go down in history as the greatest blow the American
integrationist movement has suffered since the shocking assassinations of Medgar Evers and
John F. Kennedy.”
The Pakistan Hurriyet of Karachi said: “A great Negro leader”; the _Pakistan Times_ said, “His
death is a definite setback to the Negro movement for emancipation.” The Peking, China
_People’s Daily_ said the killing happened “because Malcolm X . . . fought for the emancipation
of the 23,000,000 American Negroes.” According to correspondents’ reports, the first Algerian
headline said “the Ku Klux Klan” assassinated Malcolm X; the pro-Communist _Alger
Republican_’s editorial on the slaying accused “American Fascism,” and the _Times’_ Algerian
correspondent said Algerians showed “signs” of raising Malcolm X to martyrdom. The U.S.
Consulate in Georgetown, British Guiana, was marched on by pickets accusing “American
imperialists.” Another Peking, China paper, _Jenmin Jihpao_, said that the death showed that “in
dealing with imperialist oppressors, violence must be met with violence.” _Pravda_ in Moscow
carried only brief stories and no editorial comment, the _New York Times_ Moscow
correspondent said, and another in Poland said there was no noticeable reaction of any kind, and
that “few Poles had heard of Malcolm or were interested in the racial issue.” Reportedly, the
murder was only routinely reported with little special interest by the press in Cairo, Beirut, New
Delhi, and Saigon. In Paris and Western Europe, the story was “essentially a one-day sensation,”with the West German press handling it “as if it were in the Chicago gangster tradition.”The_New York Times_ said: ‘ The London newspapers have probably played the story harder and longer than most, giving continuing emphasis to the police work on the murder. The _LondonTimes_ and the _London Daily Telegraph_ both carried editorial comments, but neither treated Malcolm X as a major figure.” Also reported by the _New York Times_ London correspondent was that “a London group calling itself the Council of African Organizations had violently attacked the United States over the murder.
This group is made up of students and other unofficial African representatives here. A press release described Malcolm as a ‘leader in the struggle agains tAmerican imperialism, oppression and racialism.’ It said, ‘the butchers of Patrice Lumumba are the very same monsters who have murdered Malcolm X in cold blood.'”Friday morning New York City press headlines concerning Malcolm X’s slaying were devoted to the police department’s apprehension of a second slaying suspect. He was a stocky, round-faced,
twenty-six-year-old karate expert named Norman 3X Butler, allegedly a Black Muslim, and a week later, this was followed by the arrest of Thomas 15X Johnson, also allegedly a Black Muslim. Both men had been earlier indicted in the January, 1965, shooting of Benjamin Brown, a New York City Corrections Officer and a Black Muslim defector. Both men were indicted, along with Haver, for the murder of Malcolm X on March 10. With the news announcement of Butler’s arrest, and his at least tentative identification as a member of Elijah Muhammad’s organization, tension reached a new high among all who had any role in the feud.
The Black Muslim National Convention was scheduled to begin that Friday in Chicago, to last for three days. Early Friday morning in New York at the Kennedy Airport dozens of policemen spent forty minutes searching a plane belonging to Capital Airlines, which back in December 1964 had accepted a Mosque Number 7 charter flight to Chicago and return, at a fee of $5,175.54 which the mosque had subsequently paid in increments.The ghost of Malcolm X was in the coliseum. First, in a high drama for the Muslims, Elijah Muhammad’s son, Wallace Delaney Muhammad, who once had sided with Malcolm X, faced the audience and begged forgiveness for his defection. Next, two brothers of Malcolm X, Wilfred and Philbert, both of them Black Muslim ministers, urged unity with Elijah Muhammad. Said Minister
Wilfred X of the Detroit mosque, “We would be ignorant to get confused and go to arguing and
fighting among ourselves and forget who the real enemy is.” Said Minister Philbert X, of the
Lansing mosque, “Malcolm was my own blood brother, next to me. . . . I was shocked. No man
wants to see his own brother destroyed. But I knew that he was traveling on a very reckless and dangerous road. I made attempts to change his course. When he was living, I tried to keep him living; now that he is dead, there is nothing I can do.” Indicating the seated Elijah Muhammad,Minister Philbert X declared, “Where he leads me, I will follow”-and then he introduced the Black Muslim leader to make his address.Only the head of Elijah Muhammad was visible above the grim-faced Fruit of Islam men in a living wall, Cassius Clay among them. Crescents, stars, moons and suns were in gold thread embroidery on the small fez that Elijah Muhammad wore. He said in his speech: “For a long time
Malcolm stood here where I stand. In those days, Malcolm was safe, Malcolm was loved. God,
Himself, protected Malcolm. . . . For more than a year, Malcolm was given his freedom. He went everywhere-Asia, Europe, Africa, even to Mecca, trying to make enemies for me. He came back preaching that we should not hate the enemy. . . . He came here a few weeks ago to blast away his hate and mud-slinging; everything he could think of to disgrace me. . . . We didn’t want to kill Malcolm and didn’t try to kill him.They know I didn’t harm Malcolm. They know I loved him. His foolish teaching brought him to his own end. . . .”
Both physically and emotionally worked up, often Elijah Muhammad would begin coughing. “Take it easy! Take your time!” his audience pleaded with him. “He had no right to reject me!” Elijah Muhammad declared. “He was a star, who went astray! . . . They knew I didn’t harm Malcolm, but he tried to make war against me.” He said that Malcolm X would have been given “the most glorious of burials” if he had stayed with the Black Muslims and had died a natural death;”instead, we stand beside the grave of a hypocrite! . . . _Malcolm_! Who was he leading? Who was he teaching? He has no truth! We didn’t want to kill Malcolm! His foolish teaching would bring him to his own end! I am not going to let the crackpots destroy the good things Allah sent to you and me! “Elijah Muhammad drove his frail energy to speak for about an hour and a half. He challenged any would-be assassins: “If you seek to snuff out the life of Elijah Muhammad, you are inviting your own doom! The Holy Quran tells us not to pick a fight but to defend ourselves. We will fight!” It was mid-afternoon when Elijah Muhammad turned back to his seat with some three thousand Black Muslim men, women, and children shouting “Yes, _sir_! . . . So sweet! . . . All praise to Muhammad!”
PART TWO MALCOLM X’S BURIAL , HIS SUNNI MUSLIM ADVISOR , HIS EVOLUTION REVISITED. THOUGHTS AND ANECDOTES FROM THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST DURING HIS EULOGY. IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MALCOLM WHEN HE WAS MURDERED NO LONGER ADHERED TO THE RACIST DOGMA OF THE NOI.
“The public’s viewing of the body of Malcolm X was interrupted by the arrival of a party of about a dozen people whose central figure was a white-turbaned, dark-robed elderly man whose white beard fell to his chest and who carried a forked stick”.
When reporters rushed to attempt interviews, another man in the party waved them away, saying, “A silent tongue does not betray its owner.” The man was Sheik Ahmed Hassoun, a Sudanese, a Sunni Moslem cleric, who had taught in Mecca for 35 years when he had met Malcolm X there, and then had soon come to the United States to serve as Malcolm X’s spiritual adviser and to teach at the Muslim Mosque, Inc. The Sheik is the old white bearded man next to Malcolm at right of this page in photo.
Sheik Hassoun prepared the body for burial in accordance with Moslem ritual. Removing the Western clothing in which the body had been on display, Sheik Hassoun washed the body with special holy oil. Then he draped the body, in the traditional seven white linen.
shrouds called the Kafan. Only the face with its reddish moustache and goatee was left exposed. The mourners who had come with Sheik Hassoun filed to the bier and he read passages from the Koran. Then he turned to a funeral home representative: “Now the body is ready for burial.”
The New York Times reported; “The bodies of the dead remain in their graves until the Last Day, the Day of Judgment. On this day of cataclysm the heavens are rent and the mountains ground to dust, the graves open and men are called to account by Allah.
“The blessed-the god-fearing, the humble, the charitable, those who have suffered and been persecuted for Allah’s sake or fought in religious wars for Islam-are summoned to the Garden of Paradise. There, according to the teaching of Mohammed, the Prophet, they live forever by flowing streams, reclining on silken cushions, and enjoying the company of dark-eyed maidens and wives of perfect purity. The damned-the covetous, the evildoer, the follower of gods other than Allah-are sent to Eternal Fire, where they are fed boiling water and molten brass. ‘The death from which ye flee will truly overtake you,’ the Koran says. ‘Then will ye be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open, and He will tell you the truth of the things that ye did” (from the autobiography of Malcolm X: by Alex Haley).
As I have indicated previously Malcolm X is known throughout the Islamic world and revered by many. In Iran the government of Iyatollah Khomeini issued a postage stamp in 1984 bearing the likeness of Malcolm X. Talibanist John Walker Lindh an upper middle income Caucasian American claimed, that after reading the autobiography of Malcolm X, he developed a dedication to the Islamic cause. Even Al Qaeda made references to Malcolm that can be viewed by anyone with a computer and internet connection. Although to his credit Malcolm was no terrorist many fanatics Muslim and non Muslims have seized upon him in their misguided attempts at gallantry in seeking to justify their causes. Presently he is being reinterpreted by certain Islamic elements in the Caribbean to fit their needs, in their recruitment of young black uninformed males into their fold. Malcolm’s was a life of redemption and a struggle for human rights and dignity. His time in the NOI was a learning experience that molded him, into a far greater man than those amongst his former mentors’ fold who mercilessly sought his death, even succumbing to cowardly and base acts. The Malcolm X of the 21stcentury remains the man that spoke these words: “One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding”.
Though persons with less than noble intentions are misappropriating him for nefarious ends, those who truly understand what he really stood for will continue to combat the misappropriation of his legacy by those whose desire it is to divide the human race.
John F Kennedy, the American president, to whom Malcolm was referring ,when he made his infamous,“chickens coming home to roost”, statement. Kennedy a nominal Catholic philanderer, was known for his trysts with famous actresses, like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and even the average Jane Doe picked up randomly on the street. The abysmal morals of Kennedy are overlooked by many today who hail him as a “freedom fighter” and “one of the greatest US residents”.
Louis Farrakhan current supreme leader of the Nation of Islam. At left Elijah Muhammad, a protégé of W.D. Fard. The N.O.I. was founded on the Black Nationalist principles of Garveyism, Masonry and a quasi-Islamic ideology blended with occultism and Ufology.
The modern face of the Nation of Islam also called the Black Muslims.
Louis Farrakhan: the Trinidad born former calypsonian and violinist.
This man is the guiding force and spiritual guide of the Black Muslims today his former incendiary rhetoric has been considerably toned down.
He preaches sermons from the bible and the Koran, sadly his message is false and misleading.
He professes a belief in the divinity of, W.D. Fard. The N.O.I teach a bizarre belief in UFO’s all this can be read from, their own literature, which is quit prolific. A man called Fard is the god of the NOI.
The following is a description of Fard by Elijah Muhammad, from the autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley: “Master Fard taught that as hell was on earth, also on earth was the devil-the white race which was bred from black Original Man six thousand years before, purposely to create a hell on earth for the next six thousand years.The black people, God’s children, were Gods themselves, Master Fard taught. And he taught that among them was one, also a human being like the others, who was the God of Gods: The Most,Most High, the Supreme Being, supreme in wisdom and power-and His proper name was Allah.Among his handful of first converts in 1931 in Detroit, Master W. D. Fard taught that every religion
says that near the Last Day, or near the End of Time, God would come, to resurrect the Lost
Sheep, to separate them from their enemies, and restore them to their own people. Master Fard taught that Prophecy referred to this Finder and Savior of the Lost Sheep as The Son of Man, or God in Person, or The Life giver, The Redeemer, or The Messiah, who would come as lightning from the East and appear in the West.
He was the One to whom the Jews referred as The Messiah, the Christians as The Christ, and
the Muslims as The Mahdi.
I would sit, galvanized, hearing what I then accepted from Mr. Muhammad’s own mouth as being the true history of our religion, the true religion for the black man. Mr. Muhammad told me that one evening he had a revelation that Master W. D. Fard represented the fulfillment of the prophecy.
“I asked Him,” said Mr. Muhammad, “‘Who are you, and what is your real name?’ And He said, ‘I am The One the world has been looking for to come for the past two thousand years.'”I said to Him again,” said Mr. Muhammad, “‘What is your _true_ name?’ And then He said, ‘My
name is Mahdi. I came to guide you into the right path.'”
Mr. Elijah Muhammad says that he sat listening with an open heart and an open mind-the way
I was sitting listening to Mr. Muhammad. And Mr. Muhammad said he never doubted any word that the “Savior” taught him. Starting to organize, Master W. D. Fard set up a class for training ministers to carry the teachings to America’s black people. In giving names to these first ministers, Master Fard named Elijah Poole “Elijah Karriem.” Next, Master W. D. Fard established in 1931 in Detroit a University of Islam. It had adult classes which taught, among other things, mathematics, to help the poor Negroes quit being duped and deceived by the “tricknology” of “the blue-eyed devil white man.” Starting a school in the rough meant that it lacked qualified teachers, but a start had to be made somewhere. Mr. Elijah Karriem removed his own children from Detroit public schools, to start a nucleus of children in the University of Islam. Mr. Muhammad told me that his older children’s lack of formal education reflected their sacrifice to form the backbone for today’s Universities of Islam in Detroit and Chicago which have better- qualified faculties. Master W. D. Fard selected Elijah Karriem to be the Supreme Minister, over all other ministers, and among all of those others sprang up a bitter jealousy. All of them had better education than Elijah Karriem, and also they were more articulate than he was. They raged, even in his presence, “Why should we bow down to someone who appears less qualified?” But Mr. Elijah Karriem was then in some way re-named “Elijah Muhammad,” who as the Supreme Minister began to receive from Master W. D. Fard for the next three and a half years private teachings, during which time he says he “heard things never revealed to others.” During this period, Mr. Elijah Muhammad and Master W. D. Fard went to Chicago and established Temple Number Two. They also established in Milwaukee the beginnings of a Temple Number Three.
In 1934, Master W. D. Fard disappeared, without a trace.
Elijah Muhammad says that attempts were made upon his life, because the other ministers’
jealousy had reached such a pitch. He says that these “hypocrites” forced him to flee to Chicago.Temple Number Two became his headquarters until the “hypocrites” pursued him there, forcing him to flee again. In Washington, D. C., he began Temple Number Four. Also while there, in the Congressional Library, he studied books which he says Master W. D. Fard had told him contained different pieces of the truth that devil white man had recorded, but which were not in books generally available to the public. Saying that he was still pursued by the “hypocrites,” Mr. Muhammad fled from city to city, never staying long in any. Whenever able, now and then, he slipped home to see his wife and his eight young children, who were fed by other poor Muslims who shared what little they had. Even Mr. Muhammad’s original Chicago followers wouldn’t know he was at home, for he says the “hypocrites” made serious efforts to kill him.
In 1942, Mr. Muhammad was arrested. He says Uncle Tom Negroes had tipped off the devil white man to his teachings, and he was charged by this devil white man with draft-dodging, although he was too old for military service. He was sentenced to five years in prison. In the Milan, Michigan,federal prison, Mr. Muhammad served three and a half years, then he was paroled. He had returned to his work in 1946, to remove the blinders from the eyes of the black man in the wilderness of North America.I can hear myself now, at the lectern in our little Muslim Temple, passionately addressing my black brothers and sisters:
“This little, gentle, sweet man! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad who is at this very hour teaching our brothers and sisters over there in Chicago! Allah’s Messenger-which makes him the most powerful black man in America! For you and me, he has sacrificed seven years on the run from filthy hypocrites, he spent another three and a half years in a prison cage! He was put there by the devil white man! That devil white man does not want the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stirring awake the sleeping giant of you and me, and all of our ignorant, brainwashed kind here in the white man’s heaven and the black man’s hell herein the wilderness of North America!
“I have sat at our Messenger’s feet, hearing the truth from his own mouth! I have pledged on my knees’ to Allah to tell the white man about his crimes and the black man the true teachings of our Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I don’t care if it costs my life . . . .”
This was my attitude. These were my uncompromising words, uttered anywhere, without
hesitation or fear. I was his most faithful servant, and I know today that I did believe in him more firmly than he believed in himself”.
In the years to come, I was going to have to face a psychological and spiritual crisis. Malcolm X once described his actual “worship” of Elijah Muhammed thus: “My adoration of Mr. Muhammad grew, in the sense of the Latin root word_adorare_. It means
much more than our “adoration” or “adore.” It means that my worship of him was so awesome
that he was the first man whom I had ever feared-not fear such as of a man with a gun, but the
fear such as one has of the power of the sun”.
The present day Nation of Islam is very different from the Nation of thirty years ago, less militant, more streamlined and highly sophisticated, with several businesses and a newspaper the Call of Islam, a very sleek well-worded website and an outwardly moral and ethical worldview seemingly founded on Islamic principles. In practice the Nation differs broadly with Islam, many Imams of the Arab world openly disagree with the teachings of the Nation.
The Nation of Islam though remains a potent force for recruitment in the Black community globally even in apostolic circles apostolic people would do well to enlighten their young as pertains to the teachings of this (cult).The following are the words of Malcolm X describing the absurd mythical teaching of the NOI, on the origins of the human race: “Hilda kept
urging me to write to Mr. Muhammad. He understood what it was to be in the white man’s prison,she said, because he, himself, had not long before gotten out of the federal prison at Milan,Michigan, where he had served five years for evading the draft.
Hilda said that The Honourable Elijah Muhammad came to Detroit to reorganize his Temple
Number One, which had become disorganized during his prison time; but he lived in Chicago,
where he was organizing and building his Temple Number Two. It was Hilda who said to me,
“Would you like to hear how the white man came to this planet Earth?”
And she told me that key lesson of Mr. Elijah Muhammad’s teachings, which I later learned was the demonology that every religion has, called “Yacub’s History.” Elijah Muhammad teaches his followers that, first, the moon separated from the earth. Then, the first humans, Original Man,were a black people. They founded the Holy City Mecca.
Among this black race were twenty-four wise scientists. One of the scientists, at odds with the
rest, created the especially strong black tribe of Shabazz, from which America’s Negroes, so-
About sixty-six hundred years ago, when seventy per cent of the people were satisfied, and thirty per cent were dissatisfied, among the dissatisfied was born a “Mr. Yacub.” He was born to create trouble, to break the peace, and to kill. His head was unusually large. When he was four years old, he began school. At the age of eighteen, Yacub had finished all of his nation’s colleges and universities. He was known as “the big-head scientist.” Among many other things, he had learned how to breed races scientifically.This big-head scientist, Mr. Yacub, began preaching in the streets of Mecca, making such hosts of converts that the authorities, increasingly concerned, finally exiled him with 59, 999 followers to the island of Patmos-described in the Bible as the island where John received the message contained in Revelations in the New Testament.
Though he was a black man, Mr. Yacub, embittered toward Allah now, decided, as revenge, to
create upon the earth a devil race-a bleached-out, white race of people.
From his studies, the big-head scientist knew that black men contained two germs, black and
brown. He knew that the brown germ stayed dormant as, being the lighter of the two germs, it
was the weaker. Mr. Yacub, to upset the law of nature, conceived the idea of employing what we today know as the recessive genes structure, to separate from each other the two germs, black and brown, and then grafting the brown germ to progressively lighter, weaker stages.
The humans resulting, he knew, would be, as they became lighter, and weaker, progressively also more susceptible to wickedness and evil. And in this way finally he would achieve the intended bleached-out white race of devils.
He knew that it would take him several total color-change stages to get from black to white. Mr.
Yacub began his work by setting up a eugenics law on the island of Patmos.
Among Mr. Yacub’s 59, 999 all-black followers, every third or so child that was born would show some trace of brown. As these became adult, only brown and brown, or black and brown, were permitted to marry. As their children were born, Mr. Yacub’s law dictated that, if a black child, the attending nurse, or midwife, should stick a needle into its brain and give the body to cremators. The mothers were told it had been an “angel baby,” which had gone to heaven, to prepare a place for her.But a brown child’s mother was told to take very good care of it.Others, assistants, were trained by Mr. Yacub to continue his objective. Mr. Yacub, when he died on the island at the age of one hundred and fifty-two, had left laws, and rules, for them to follow.According to the teachings of Mr. Elijah Muhammad, Mr. Yacub, except in his mind, never saw the bleached-out devil race that his procedures and laws and rules created.A two-hundred-year span was needed to eliminate on the island of Patmos all of the black people-until only brown people remained.
The next two hundred years were needed to create from the brown race the red race-with no
more browns left on the island.In another two hundred years, from the red race was created the yellow race.Two hundred years later-the white race had at last been created.
On the island of Patmos was nothing but these blond, pale-skinned, cold-blue-eyed devils-
savages, nude and shameless; hairy, like animals, they walked on all fours and they lived in
trees.Six hundred more years passed before this race of people returned to the mainland, among the natural black people.
Mr. Elijah Muhammad teaches his followers that within six months’ time, through telling lies that set the black men fighting among each other, this devil race had turned what had been a peaceful heaven on earth into a hell torn by quarreling and fighting.But finally the original black people recognized that their sudden troubles stemmed from this devil white race that Mr. Yacub had made. They rounded them up, put them in chains. With little aprons to cover their nakedness, this devil race was marched off across the Arabian desert to the caves of Europe.
The lambskin and the cable-tow used in Masonry today are symbolic of how the nakedness of the white man was covered when he was chained and driven across the hot sand.
Mr. Elijah Muhammad further teaches that the white devil race in Europe’s caves was savage. The animals tried to kill him.
He climbed trees outside his cave, made clubs, trying to protect his family from the wild beasts outside trying to get in.When this devil race had spent two thousand years in the caves, Allah raised up Moses to civilize them, and bring them out of the caves. It was written that this devil white race would rule the world for six thousand years.The Books of Moses are missing. That’s why it is not known that he was in the caves.
When Moses arrived, the first of these devils to accept his teachings, the first he led out, were
those we call today the Jews.
According to the teachings of this “Yacub’s History,” when the Bible says “Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,” that serpent is symbolic of the devil white race Moses lifted up out of the caves of Europe, teaching them civilization.It was written that after Yacub’s bleached white race had ruled the world for six thousand years-down to our time-the black original race would give birth to one whose wisdom, knowledge, and power would be infinite.It was written that some of the original black people should be brought as slaves to North America-to learn to better understand, at first hand, the white devil’s true nature, in modem times.Elijah Muhammad teaches that the greatest and mightiest God who appeared on the earth was Master W. D. Fard. He came from the East to the West, appearing in North America at a time when the history and the prophecy that is written was coming to realization, as the non-white people all over the world began to rise, and as the devil white civilization, condemned by Allah, was, through its devilish nature, destroying itself. Master W. D. Fard was half black and half white. He was made in this way to enable him to be accepted by the black people in America, and to lead them, while at the same time he was enabled to move undiscovered among the white people, so that he could understand and judge the enemy of the blacks.
Master W. D. Fard, in 1931, posing as a seller of silks, met, in Detroit, Michigan, Elijah Muhammad.
Master W. D. Fard gave to Elijah Muhammad Allah’s message, and Allah’s divine guidance, to save the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, the so-called Negroes, here in”this wilderness of North America.” When my sister, Hilda, had finished telling me this “Yacub’s History,” she left. I don’t know if I was able to open my mouth and say good-bye.
I was to learn later that Elijah Muhammad’s tales, like this one of “Yacub,” infuriated the Muslims of the East. While at Mecca, I reminded them that it was their fault, since they themselves hadn’t done enough to make real Islam known in the West. Their silence left a vacuum into which any religious faker could step and mislead our people”.
As is abundantly clear from the preceding the N.O.I. clearly adhere to a belief, that they are ‘gods’, a concept in line with the belief in witchcraft circles that human beings are gods who only need to realize their god potential, “god- consciousness”.
Out of the Black Nationalist movements that developed in North America from the early nineteen thirties and onwards, even in the sixties era when the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was considered by the U.S. government to be a serious national security threat, many movements were spawned.
The greatest movement though of a black nationalist persuasion that now governs some segments of the human population is the literature termed “Black Consciousness.”
That literature is the most referenced literature by any black so called intellectual anywhere on the planet today.
Students of every background are now being educated by the type of literature Iam alluding to Christian or Apostolic youth are also exposed to the type of literature termed black conscious; they are increasingly adapting the doctrine espoused in black consciousness literature as their own.
The themes of black self-love and a positive attitude towards black culture are in fact noble themes, when however they begin to initiate youth into African “occultism”, then what they teach becomes more than mere positive reinforcement of African values, it becomes a religious dogma, as such I find it necessary to expose that herein.
Many Christian youth do not realize the inherent danger in experimenting with occultism whether it has an African or European face.
Note that, they begin teaching your children, to be proud of their African ancestry, later your child is initiated into the occult world. From a seemingly innocent theme into a great extreme, “the occult” world, expressly forbidden in scripture. The subtlety here is inescapable to the astute, herein lays the trap of Satan for especially Christian youth since the teaching is readily available on college and university campuses, and in most libraries even on the internet.