Photo: Ed Ford
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- African Muslims in 20th Century American History
- Official Website for Malcolm X
- Wikipedia - Malcolm X
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 - http://twitter.com/sueetness/status/9420396588
With the written word: start a study circle and read the autobiography of Malcolm X.
Share with us on how you plan to honor Malcolm in your community.