Martyr’s Day commemoration in Houston

 
HOUSTON, TX—AAPDEP Houston took time out from our gardening efforts to commemorate the 49th Anniversary of the assassination of brother El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X), by reviewing film of grassroots speeches by the revolutionary African leader and martyr.
 
Malcolm was gunned down in Upper Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965, in a conspiracy that included United States' COINTELPRO operatives, along with remnants of The Nation of Islam. His wife and children were witnesses to his murder, as he began his speech.
 
Fellow comrades and friends watched Brother Malcolm in a 1963 speech in Detroit, Michigan at King Solomon Baptist Church describing, among other things, the concept of revolution. He talked about the difference between the Black Revolution and the Negro Revolution.
 
Brother Malcolm elaborated on the black awakening throughout Africa and reminded the audience that the Black Revolution is about land and is bloody.And it's not about turning the other cheek, holding hands, and compromise.
 
Malcolm X was perceived, and rightly so, as a pariah for justice for Africans [LP1] in America and throughout the world. He was monitored by the government's secret police, marginalized by the so-called leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and vilified as a danger to the security of the United States, by the media.
 
As we are fifty years removed from the Black Revolution of the Sixties that shook our colonizers here in the U.S. to their knees, Africans are still confronting the issues of freedom, justice, and independence.
 
The vigilante murders of Trayvon Martin, Alfred Wright, and Jordan Davis, the suspicious deaths of Kwame Ture and Khalid Muhammad and the assassination of Huey P. Newton makes us well aware that the completion of the Black Revolution of the Sixties is an absolute necessity if the African is to know freedom once again.
 
Brother Omowale Kefing of the African People's Socialist Party moderated the event and explained the necessity to institutionalize African Martyr's Day all around the world, where Africans are located and have fought and died for freedom.
 
He reminded the comrades to reflect on Malcolm's ideas, and to remember that Malcolm preached international African revolution. Brother Kefing asked everyone to look back fifty years. He said if Malcolm could do it, then we could do it.
 
In closing, we concluded it would be a disservice and grave error not to take action on the teachings of Malcolm X, for they have stood the test of time.
 
LONG LIVE MALCOLM!

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