Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965 in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom while speaking to a meeting of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Weeks before his death, he appeared on the CBC's "Front Page Challenge" and addresses questions ranging from the his departure from the Nation of Islam to his disagreements with "Uncle Martin" to his practice of Islam.

Malcolm X Praying in a Cairo MosqueIt's near the end of the conversation that piqued my interest as I think about recent events in Egypt and an unforgettable photograph of Malcolm X praying in a mosque in Cairo:

"We are black Americans. We have a problem that goes beyond religion."

We feel that the problem, number one, of the black man in America is beyond America's ability to solve. It's a human problem, not an American problem or a Negro problem. And as a human problem or a world problem, we feel that it should be taken out of the jurisdiction of the United States government and the United States courts and taken into the United Nations in the same manner that the problems of the black man in South Africa, Angola, and other parts of the world — and even the way they're trying to bring the problems of the Jews in Russia into the United Nations because of violations of human rights.

We believe that our problem is one not one of civil rights but a violation of human rights. Not only are we denied the right to be a citizen in the United States, we are denied the right to be a human being."

[A big thanks to The Smithian for reminding us!]

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...Talking about human rights, I got a little hint:
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A film crew accompanies a human rights seminar for young adults from
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The documentary will
show the progress of the project and portraits the generation, their
living conditions in Central and Eastern Europe, and the limitations
they have to face.

The Project urgently needs financial support to finish the project. Here you can support it:

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I'm deeply touched by the photo of Malcolm praying...he looks like the kind of man I'd have liked to get to know better.

Malcolm X was an angry human being who rebelled against injustice in a society which discriminated against his God-given right to be a free human being as guaranteed by law and Divine Grace. Like Jesus, MLK, Jr, and other historical martyrs who defied the ruling heirarchy of established power he was eliminated, but his legacy continues to influence those marginalized in society by
various forms of oppression. In God's eyes he was a redeemed son !

Great Interview