Malcolm X, "Our Shining Black Prince," was murdered 50 years ago on February 21st, 1965. On May 19, 2015, he would have been 90 years old. Ossie Davis, in his eulogy of "Brother Malcolm," referred to him as "Our Manhood." But he was more than that. He was our Consciousness. He was our Warning. He was our General. And he was our Defender, again referencing Ossie Davis, "who didn't hesitate to die because he loved us so." Many of us owe a tremendous debt to Malcolm X. We owe our political consciousness and our activism to the spark he provided. Some of us even owe our very lives to him. For that, we are eternally grateful. We did not protect him on that cold winter day 50 years ago. In various ways and at varying times, some of us were able to give Malcolm "his flowers" while he was alive. We told him what he meant to us and how we appreciated him. But we did not keep him alive. That is our cross to bear. All that is left is to honor the example he has set for us - to live like him, and to raise him up as the "Shining Black Prince" and "Peoples' General" that he was. This we will do on May 19, 2015. Join us! #cmxd.
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