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Malcolm X, 1964, Photographic Print
Malcolm X, 1964,
Photographic Print

Malcolm X
née Malcolm Little
b. 5-19-1925; Omaha, NE
d. 2-21-1965; NYC (assassinated)

Malcolm X was a charismatic Muslim minister, public speaker and civil rights activist, who after a life-altering pilgrimage to Mecca changed his original separatist views, envisioning instead reconciliation between the races and world brotherhood.

As a child Malcolm lived in a series of foster homes after his father died and his mother was committed to a mental hospital. In 1946 he as sentenced to prison for criminal activities where he embraced the Nation of Islam, an organization whose goal was to raise “the spiritual, mental, social and economic conditions of black men and women in America”. His adopted last name “X” symbolized his true African family name that could never be known.

Malcolm X's rise in media attention for his positions on gaining civil rights, and tensions created by rumors of Muhammad's extramarital affairs, resulted in Malcolm X breaking from the Nation of Islam. He said that he was still a Muslim, but he felt the Nation of Islam had “gone as far as it can” because of its rigid religious teachings.

Malcolm X became a Sunni Muslim and attended Hajj in 1964. He said the trip allowed him to see Muslims of different races interacting as equals and believed that Islam could be the means by which racial problems could be overcome.

Malcolm X was assassinated as he was speaking in the Audubon Ballroom in NYC to a meeting of the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

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Malcolm X Brotherhood, Poster
Malcolm X Brotherhood, Poster

Malcolm X

“I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in the brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.”

Malcolm X- "By any means necessary..." Poster
Malcolm X-
“By any means necessary...” Poster

Malcolm X-

“We declare our right on the earth ... to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of human being in this society on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.”

Malcolm X Poster
Malcolm X
Quotes Poster

Malcolm X

• “You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
• “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone, but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”
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Malcolm X: Stand, Art Print
Malcolm X: Stand,
Art Print

Malcolm, Nelson, Martin Art Print
Malcolm, Nelson, Martin
Art Print

Malcolm, Nelson, Martin

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Famous Americans, Black History Poster
Famous Americans, Black History Poster

A Brief Moment in History ...

Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X fought for black civil rights in America but their beliefs and methods were opposite in the extreme. They met briefly at a press conference on March 26, 1964. This was the only time they would ever meet.

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in the teachings of Mohandas Gandhi and promoted peaceful methods to achieve equal rights through rallies and civil disobedience. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts to unite the people of the world. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee on the balcony of his hotel.

Malcolm X also headed rallies and gave speeches, but had adopted the teachings of Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad, leading him to promote violence in his followers in order for them to achieve the same civil rights accorded to whites. Although he did unite blacks in seaching for equality, his radical ways made him less effective than Martin Luther King, Jr. as a leader on the world stage. He wa assassinated on February 21, 1965, while delivering a speech.

Ethnolinguistic Map of the Peoples of Africa Map 1971, Giclee Print
Ethnolinguistic Map of the Peoples of Africa Map 1971, Giclee Print

The 1971 Ethnolinguistic Map of the Peoples of Africa features:

• A political map of Africa which includes the names and languages of the people who inhabit it.
• Inset map with a key to the groupings and subgroupings on the main map.
• Illustrations and information about the main groups of peoples including the Berber, Bedouin Arab, Bushman, Malagasy, Zulu, and more.
• Selected cities and towns.

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World Religions - Islam Wall Poster
Islam Poster

World Religions -
Islam Wall Poster
“Know that every True Believer is the brother of every other True Believer. ...Remember that Faith is in the heart.” Qur'an

The Arabic word “Islam” means peace, purity, acceptance and commitment. People who follow the Islamic religion are called Muslims. Islam in monotheistic that is, Muslims believe there is only one God. They believe Muhammad is the final and most important prophet, or messenger, of God, who is called Allah. But Muslims do not think of Muhammad as God. Muhammad lived from 570 to 632. He established Islam in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. His followers spread Islam from Mecca throughout the Arab world and beyond. The early Muslims converted people who lived in the lands the controlled in Arabia, North Africa, and Spain. Today, Islam is the world's second-largest religion – more than one billion Muslims live in the Middle East and around the world.The Qur'an lists five duties that all Muslims must fulfill – these are known as the Five Pillars of Faith. Performing these duties makes up much of the day-to-day religious practice of Muslims. The first duty is shahadah, or testimony that “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet!” The next is salah, or prayer. Devout Muslim pray five times daily. The third duty is zakah, the giving of alms, or charity, to the poor. The fourth duty is sawm, or fasting. Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan, the time when Muhammad received the Qur'an. The final duty is hajj, or pilgrimage. If they are able, Muslims must visit the holy city of Mecca at least once in their lives. ...

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Harlem Renaissance
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Map & Poster

Harlem Renaissance Culture Guide Poster Map - One Hundred Years of History, Art, and Culture

Poster map guide shows the homes, nightclubs, and churches linked with Harlem’s writers, artists, musicians, thinkers, and political leaders of the 1920s.

Alvin AileyCharles AlstonMarian Anderson • The Apollo Theater • James BaldwinRomare Bearden • The Cotton Club • W.E.B. DuBoisKatherine DunhamDuke EllingtonRalph EllisonMarcus GarveyAlthea Gibson Dizzy GillespieW.C. HandyBillie HolidayLangston HughesZora Neale HurstonJacob LawrenceJoe LouisThurgood MarshallMalcolm X • Minton's Playhouse, • Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Paul RobesonA. Philip RandolphAugusta Savage • The Savoy • The Schomburg Center • James Van Der ZeeMadam C. J. WalkerMary Lou Williams

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Malcolm X quotes ~

• “I'm for truth, no matter who tells it, I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
• “... I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of ther color.”
“Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.”


The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X - Malcolm X’s searing memoir belongs on the small shelf of great autobiographies. The reasons are many: the blistering honesty with which he recounts his transformation from a bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into an articulate political activist, the continued relevance of his militant analysis of white racism, and his emphasis on self-respect and self-help for African Americans. And there's the vividness with which he depicts black popular culture - try as he might to criticize those lindy hops at Boston’s Roseland dance hall from the perspective of his Muslim faith, he can’t help but make them sound pretty wonderful. These are but a few examples. The Autobiography of Malcolm X tells an archetypal journey from ignorance and despair to knowledge and spiritual awakening. When Malcolm tells coauthor Alex Haley, “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book,” he voices the central belief underpinning every attempt to set down a personal story as an example for others. Although many believe his ethic was directly opposed to Martin Luther King Jr.’s during the civil rights struggle of the ’60s, the two were not so different. Malcolm may have displayed a most un-Christian distaste for loving his enemies, but he understood with King that love of God and love of self are the necessary first steps on the road to freedom.

By Any Means Necessary by Malcolm X - Speeches tracing the evolution of Malcolm X's views on political alliances, intermarriage, women's rights, capitalism and socialism, and more.

Malcolm X: The Man and His Times by John Henrik Clarke - The full impact of Malcolm X, his personality and his mission come urgently to life in this definitive anthology of his writings, speeches and manifestos along with writings about him by an international group of African and African American scholars and activists.

From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity by William W. Sales - A detailed description and analysis of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) - created by Malcolm X in the last 11 months of his life - based on interviews with OAAU members, FBI surveillance files, previously published accounts, and OAAU documents.

Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong - The picture of Islam as a violent, backward, and insular tradition should be laid to rest, says Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Muhammad and A History of God. Delving deep into Islamic history, Armstrong sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation in an Arab businessman named Muhammad. His concern with the poor who were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a community becomes a panoramic drama. With great dexterity, Armstrong narrates the Sunni-Shi’ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day, putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide phenomenon.

Malcolm X (1992) VHS ~ Denzel Washington

American Experience: Malcolm X - Make it Plain (1994) VHS

Africans in America (1998) ~ VHS

The Abolitionists (2013) ~ DVD

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