Races: The Beatification of Malcolm X

Across the land last week, disciples of Malcolm X marked the third anniversary of the Negro militant's assassination by turning the event—just one day before Washington's Birthday—into what they hope will be a series of black holidays. "We need our days," said a Boston celebrant, "just as Jewish people have days to express their identity. At the time Washington was very busy being the father of our country, we were very busy being slaves. He doesn't have much relevance for us.

We hope to celebrate other days that are relevant—Nat Turner Day or Marcus Garvey Day."

The apostles of Malcolm X...

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