Malcolm X Remembered
Nobody knows exactly why, and historians and conspiracy theorists are still arguing their points.
I was a young suburban mother in 1965 when Malcolm X was assassinated, but had heard him speaking on the popular late-night radio shows of the late 1950s and early 1960s and felt he was one of the most articulate figures of the times. He minced no words in spelling out the nation's racial issues, some of which persist to today.
The nuances of black power - separatism vs. integration - were played out in news headlines daily. I tried my best to understand how this nation-fracturing scenario would play out.
I read The Final Call, the Autobiography of Malcolm X and many other writings without gaining insight into this divide. Listeners to WBAI-FM can still hear arguments weekly on the issues.
People in Plainfield have continued to sort themselves out by the categories of that era and its most fervent spokesmen.
All I can do at this point is express my homage to Malcolm X as an evolving leader for exploration of this decades-old question, compounded by the unwilling blending of the races by those in power and the powerless.
For those who did not experience the contradictions of the times, click here for more information.