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Remembering Malcolm X

Malcolm X
Ed Ford

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Today commemorates a universal day of mourning by Muslims, social activists and lovers of peace. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York. His death was a tremendous loss for many communities.

Malcolm's ideas, inspirations and hard work has impacted so many lives including two activists who reside in the Bay Area.

One of these activists is Yuri Kochiyama, who is most well known as the woman who cradled Malcolm X in her lap after he was shot. In recent years, she has continued to support various political causes, participating in anti-war demonstrations, immigrant rights' rallies and numerous community events.

The other well known activist is Imam Zaid Shakir, a respected and influential scholar. Imam Zaid has delivered numerous lectures that discuss the significance of Malcolm's teachings. One of the most historic speeches Imam Zaid gave about Malcolm X was during the Malcolm & Martin event with Dr. Cornell West in Oakland.

Here are some ideas on how you can honor Malcolm X on his death anniversary, during Black History Month and throughout the year.

On Twitter: make #MalcolmX as the trending topic. Encourage all your followers to share a quote of Malcolm or link to some of his resources and include the hashtag #MalcolmX. Here's an example -

With the written word: start a study circle and read the autobiography of Malcolm X.

On screen: organize a group viewing of various speeches of Malcolm X. Include a discussion session.

Share with us on how you plan to honor Malcolm in your community.



  • Sakina- Islamic Issues Examiner 4 years ago

    Very nice, brother.
    I didn't know Yuri Kochiyama was living and in the Bay Area. SubhanAllah, this is great news to know.

  • Sakina- Islamic Issues Examiner 4 years ago

    Salaam, again.
    I totally piggy-backed on this entry of yours in my most recent post. I credited you several times throughout the article; let me know if it looks alright to you.


  • Kareem 4 years ago

    Salaam! Good read and Yuri Kochiyama is an amazing woman. Had the pleasure to meet her once and it was a enlightening experience.