February 21st is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X.
Malcolm X, one of the most important figures of the second half of the 21st century, brought a different perspective to Black America and the world. His perspective was different from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; it was different from many other civil rights activists, but he operated within the same pantheon as his counterparts.
Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of Howard University Department of Afro American Studies, described Malcolm X as being “incredibly disciplined.”
Carr said Malcolm X was a scholar. “That is very important for young people to know today. People think you have to go to a university, you have to go to the right schools — no, no, no, no — you have to be able to read and write and Malcolm did that incessantly.”
Dr. Carr explained the Malcolm X had “unconditional love for his people.” He said the reason why Malcolm X “speaks to young people today is because of his fearlessness and willingness to tell the truth and deep love for his people really animates their spirits.”