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Malcolm X’s Birthday Remembered On Social Media

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Today In History (May 19th) Malcolm Little who would be more popularly known as Malcolm X was born.

Malcolm X was more complex and complicated than the soundbites and photographs that gets passed around every year on his birthday. The man left an indelible mark in the minds and hearts of those who were and are oppressed.

His quotes and message would be something that would transcend generations and genres. In his day of civil rights movement, there was no such thing as the hip hop industry. However, he has impacted some of the biggest stars of a future generation that he would never get the opportunity to meet.

Tupac Shakur, who is in the lineage of the “Black Panthers” party via his mother Afeni Shakur to a liken to the former Nation Of Islam icon. He once stated the following in poetry.

No Malcolm X in my history text
Why is that?
Cause he tried to educate and liberate all blacks
-Words of Wisdom – 2pac

Malcolm converted from street hustler to devout Muslim to national leader to emerging international figure. Fans of hip hop today take a look at the life of Tupac Shakur and see parallels and it makes those who did not see or hear Malcolm X during his time come to life for those who were able to see the hip hop icon.

Of course, the two men lost their lives to a hail of bullets, but this doesn’t take away the fact the message for the betterment of their community hasn’t long lived past their untimely deaths. History ended up casting Malcolm X as radical counterpart to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the nonviolent martyr. It should be noted that the man who went with the code of “By any means necessary” and “The ballot or the bullet” were seen in their last days together. We could only imagine what could have been with these two working together which may have actually been a threat to many even inside their own movements.

Check out the celebration of the life of Malcolm X on social media below.