Malcolm X’s Public Speaking Power | WNYC

By Gwen Thompkins

Malcolm X Speech in Harlem

Malcolm X addresses a rally in Harlem in New York City on June 29, 1963. (AP)

From what people remember, he fell like a tree. Malcolm X — all 6 feet, 4 inches of him — had taken a shotgun blast to the chest and a grouping of smaller-caliber bullets to the torso while onstage at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on Feb. 21, 1965. After a ghastly moment of stasis, he careened backward. His head hit the floor with a crack.

A detail that witnesses often omit, in part because it seems more of an afterthought given the circumstances, is that Malcolm X never got to say what he’d gone to the Audubon Ballroom to say.

He’d arrived, by all accounts, grumpy — critical, irritable, hectoring. The week before, his Long Island home had been firebombed. The Nation of Islam, which owned the house, promptly evicted him from the cinders and, way down in the winter of 1965, his family was homeless. What’s more, Malcolm X, like the mythical Cassandra, sensed that death was near. He believed that his former brothers in the Nation were plotting to kill him. In the meantime, Malcolm X’s nascent organizations, called Muslim Mosque Incorporated and the Organization of Afro-American Unity, were too young to survive without him. And to add a rancid cherry to this rotten parfait, his guest speaker at the Audubon Ballroom had canceled.

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2/26/15: La Galeria Presents A Discussion About Blackness In The Dominican Republic & The Diaspora @ Word Up Books

Photo: Briana E. Heard

Photo: Briana E. Heard

A Word From La Galeria

Join us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora

We are providing a space for dialogue. We claim a general understanding of the topic and encourage research, as we do not have any expertise outside of our individual experiences and thoughts.

La Galería is the place in which family, neighbors, and guests gather to discuss everything from the latest chisme to social and political issues. It is the place where dialogue and debate are welcomed and encouraged. Galerías are not exclusive to a particular class; some are built-in, others are an impromptu creation. We are recreating galerías to provoke conversations on topics that affect Dominicans in the Diaspora.

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Spider-Man, in Sketch Form, Visits an 8-Year-Old Fan in Harlem | NY Times

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Spiderman Comes To Harlem

Jamel Hunter and his Spider-Man figure examining a drawing by Stan Lee, a creator of the comic book hero, on Thursday in their home in Harlem. (Photo: Todd Heisler | NY Times)

The intercom was broken outside the front door at the Washington Houses project in East Harlem on Thursday. No way to buzz a visitor up. Finally, someone leaving held the door open.

Jamel Hunter, 8, lives on the second floor of his building. He had been cooped up for days, like so many other children of New York City, as the colliding forces of the schools’ midwinter break and the subfreezing temperatures outside kept him indoors, watching television and drawing, sometimes on paper, sometimes on the wall.

This reporter handed Jamel a package. Inside was a picture frame, and inside that, a penciled sketch of a stick figure: Spider-Man. Above the figure, a word bubble read, “Hi Jamel.”

Below the figure, the signature read, “Stan Lee.”

Read more: Spider-Man, in Sketch Form, Visits an 8-Year-Old Fan in Harlem – NYTimes.com.

Related: Q&A With Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso: Comic Books, Change & the First Lady

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What Would Malcolm X Think? | NY Times

By Ilyasah Shabazz (@ilyasahShabazz)

Malcolm X

Malcolm X (Photo: Associated Press)

FIFTY years ago today my father, Malcolm X, was assassinated while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. I think about him every day, but even more in the last year, with the renewed spirit of civil rights activism after the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., on Staten Island and in countless other parts of the country. What would he have to say about it?

People still look to Malcolm as a model for strident activism. They lament the lack of such a prominent, resonant voice in the modern dialogue about race. But they might not like some of the critical things he would have to say about the strategies of today’s activists.

Of course, my father would be heartened by the youth-led movement taking place across the nation, and abroad, in response to institutional brutality. And he would appreciate the protesters’ fervor and skillful use of social media to rapidly organize, galvanize and educate. In a sense, his ability to boil down hard truths into strong statements and catchy phrases presaged our era of hashtag activism.

But he would be the first to say that slogans aren’t action. They amount to nothing but a complaint filed against a system that does not care. In his speeches, he did not simply cry “Inequality!” — he demanded justice, and he laid out the steps necessary to achieve it.

Read more: What Would Malcolm X Think? – NYTimes.com.

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Malcolm X Lives: Remembering Malcolm X on the 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

MalcolmXPaintingAtShabazzCenter

50 years ago today, the epic struggle for freedom, justice and equality for African-Americans lost one of it’s leading lights. El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on February 21st, 1965.

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