Malcolm X holds up money collected at a “Freedom Rally” June 25, 1961 sponsored by the Nation of Islam at Washington, D.C.’s Uline Arena at the 1100 block of 3rd Street NE
Photo by Richard Saunders/Getty Images
Malcolm X on the Power of Black Collectivism
The following is an excerpt from El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)’s speech “The Ballot or The Bullet” delivered on April 12, 1964 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In this speech, the minister and human rights activist submits a charge to the ‘Black’ people of the United States of America with his blueprint on their future political and economic survival. While his lecture on Black Nationalism is most relevant to the time he spoke these words, much of his theory on how to achieve and maintain a successful community remains applicable in a 21st century world that is still not conducive to 'Black’ collective progress.
Contemporary postcard of the “Amazons of Dahomey”
(Source: Köln Postkolonial - Postcolonial Cologne)
You may have seen images of African women in memes claiming "these are the Amazons of Dahomey..."
You may have seen them and thought..."What a powerful representation of the strength of Black women everywhere. What a resilient people we are." But what if I told you that the photos you are looking at are fakes? And that each one is a distortion of the truth?
The Miseducation of the AFrican Negro
Queen Elizabeth II, the "Queen Mother of Rhodesia", inspects the Guard of Honor provided by the Kings African Rifles at Matopos in Southern Rhodesia, 1957
(Credit: Steve Bennett)
This is a photo of one of the native police forces employed by the European colonial powers in Africa.
Without these men, it would not have been possible for them to control the land and resources of the continent during the colonial era.
Who Was Vicente Guerrero?
This question was submitted to us recently by Calvin Ward.
Calvin wrote that he understood Guerrero was the second president of Mexico and that 'a[n] African/Mexican and a slave if I'm not mistake[n].' He also wrote that 'Vicente was once removed from slavery.'
As you can see I k[n]ow very little about [this] and only seen it in literature a few times. I do know he was beloved by the Mexican[s] but him being black made it to where they wouldn't let him be the first president and he won the second election only to be assassinated.
We referred the question to our Facebook group and here are the responses that we received...
Africa's Role in
Black Research Central
When Negritude Meets Pettitude.