February 14, 1965: Malcolm’s Final Speech

“The only thing power respects is power. Whenever you find a man in a position to show power against power, then that man is respected.” –Malcolm X (2/14/65)

On February 14, 1965, Malcolm X stepped up to deliver his final speech in Detroit, Michigan. As he discusses in the speech, the night before him and his family were involved in a home bombing. In true radical Malcolm fashion, despite his life being in danger, he made it a priority to deliver this speech on the Future of Africa. He admonished all who had the ear to hear to rescue Africa from the future influence and wretched impact of Western civilization and indoctrination.

I encourage you to pay attention to how he describes the African American in Africa and abroad. Hear how he describes the collaborative measures of Africans in the Diaspora with People of African Descent scattered about the world and how this collaboration is portrayed in public mediums. This is what he called the “Black Revolution” and its’ influence on the international power structure.

Here is a quote that truly connects the past and present future of our great motherland:

When I was in Africa in May, I noticed a tendency on the part of the Afro-Americans to -what I call lolly-gag. Everybody else who was over there had something on the ball, something they were doing, something constructive. Let’s take Ghana as an example. There would be many refugees in Ghana from South Africa….Some were being trained in how to be soldiers but others were involved as a pressure group or lobby group to let the people of Ghana never forget what happened to the brother in South Africa. Also you had brothers there from Angola and Mozambique. All of the Africans who were exiles from their particular country and would be in a place like Ghana or Tanganyika-now Tanzania, would be in training. Their every move would be designed to offset what was happening to their people back home where they had left…When they escaped from their respective countries that were still colonized, they didn’t try and run away from the family; as soon as they got where they were going, they began to organized into pressure groups to get support at the international level against the injustices they were experiencing back home.

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