Black Ancestors : Benjamin 2x Karim

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    Benjamin 2x Karim

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    BIRTH: July 14, 1932
    DEATH: Aug. 2, 2005

    ....was an African-American Muslim minister, author, orator, and aide to Malcolm X.
    He was born Benjamin Goodman, in Suffolk, VA., the son of Wilbur Bryant and Mary Goodman. Young Goodman was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. After serving in the military, Goodman worked as a recording engineer with a record company when he first heard Malcolm X speak in 1957, and his experience caused him to convert to the Nation of Islam (NOI), cease many secular activities, change his diet, and become sober.

    A serious student of African and African American history, Karim re-educated himself and over the next seven years, adopted the name Benjamin 2X, and became one of the closest aides to Malcolm X. He supervised an educational program at the NOI temple in Harlem, and stood in for Malcolm X at some events held around the United States. He was the man who introduced Malcolm X to the audience in the Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965, the day of Malcom's assassination.

    Karim was involved in civil rights and instrumental in heightening the awareness of all people to equal rights. Benjamin Goodman Karim, 73, died on August 2, 2005. He was married to Linda Karim and had five children: sons Tariq, Zaid, Jamal, and Jahlil, and daughters Asia and Khadya and 15 grandchildren.

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    Richmond, VA 23219
     
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    Benjamin Karim, 73; Muslim Minister and Author Was a Key Aide to Malcolm X
    August 06, 2005|From a Times Staff Writer

    ....Karim served as one of Malcolm X's closest aides.

    He adopted the name Benjamin 2X and stood in for the Nation of Islam leader at events around the country.
    He also supervised an education program at the organization's temple in Harlem.
    Karim stayed with Malcolm X when he broke from the Nation of Islam in 1964 and founded the Organization for Afro-American Unity. He also introduced Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965, a fateful day.
    Moments into the speech, which was to outline a more mainstream direction for activism, Malcolm X was assassinated by gunmen.
    After Malcolm X's death, his assistant rejoined the Nation of Islam and took Karim as his last name.
    Karim devoted decades to educating the public about the slain icon and his ideas, particularly his calls for self-reliance and education.
    Karim was an advisor on Spike Lee's 1992 film "Malcolm X" and wrote "Remembering Malcolm," a book the Washington Post called "a resplendent tribute."
    http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/06/local/me-karim6
     
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