MALCOLM X'S EULOGY

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  1. Pharaoh Jahil

    Pharaoh Jahil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    MALCOLM X'S EULOGY
    Eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis at the funeral of Malcolm X
    Faith Temple Church Of God
    February 27,1965

    "Here - at this final hour, in this quiet place - Harlem has come to bid farewell to one of its brightest hopes -extinguished now, and gone from us forever. For Harlem is where he worked and where he struggled and fought - his home of homes, where his heart was, and where his people are - and it is, therefore, most fitting that we meet once again - in Harlem - to share these last moments with him. For Harlem has ever been gracious to those who have loved her, have fought her, and have defended her honor even to the death.

    It is not in the memory of man that this beleaguered, unfortunate, but nonetheless proud community has found a braver, more gallant young champion than this Afro-American who lies before us - unconquered still. I say the word again, as he would want me to : Afro-American - Afro-American Malcolm, who was a master, was most meticulous in his use of words. Nobody knew better than he the power words have over minds of men. Malcolm had stopped being a 'Negro' years ago. It had become too small, too puny, too weak a word for him. Malcolm was bigger than that. Malcolm had become an Afro-American and he wanted - so desperately - that we, that all his people, would become Afro-Americans too.

    There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain - and we will smile. Many will say turn away - away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man - and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate - a fanatic, a racist - who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them : Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.

    Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. And, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves. Last year, from Africa, he wrote these words to a friend: 'My journey', he says, 'is almost ended, and I have a much broader scope than when I started out, which I believe will add new life and dimension to our struggle for freedom and honor and dignity in the States. I am writing these things so that you will know for a fact the tremendous sympathy and support we have among the African States for our Human Rights struggle. The main thing is that we keep a United Front wherein our most valuable time and energy will not be wasted fighting each other.' However we may have differed with him - or with each other about him and his value as a man - let his going from us serve only to bring us together, now.

    Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man - but a seed - which, after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then for what he was and is - a Prince - our own black shining Prince! - who didn't hesitate to die, because he loved us so."


    http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/home.php
     
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    very powerful words spoken of a great LEADER a man a soul
    thankz for taking me back to that very day as it echoes deeper in my mind .
    Peace
     
  3. Akilah

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    Why Lawd... why ?

    This brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye :crying: Brother Malcolm was truly a man before his time... a giant amongst his peers; the sad thing is... that in the year 2005 (almost) we as a people are STILL struggling with UNITY. Will we ever learn???...Nevertheless, thank God, still we rise...
     
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    Akilah "I likes that name by the way" many of our folk spew a lot of rhetoric in terms of our peoples struggle for unity, liberation and freedom please don’t be discouraged by it.

    Let that tear this article bought to your eye transform itself into doing positive things for Black folk in your community.

    Mandingo Proverb: Practice without thought is blind, thought without practice is empty.

    :dance:

    PS In case you didnt know Mahatma Gandhi was a racist!!!
     
  5. Akilah

    Akilah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    For Ossie...

    I hope he is eulogized as eloquently...

    Much Peace,
    Akilah :star:
     
  6. Isaiah

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    Sister Akilah, not a chance in hell...

    Ossie Davis was a man of incredible eloquence and learning and education... He was not just an actor as many of us suppose... Man was a scholar, and those eloqent words rendered in his friend's repose are testament to that... Whew, I shake my head in wonderment that a man can speak as eloquently as Frederick Douglass and Ossie Davis... In another life, both of them were artisians and craftsman of the highest skill and ability - Malcolm and Martin, too! Rest In Peace, Ossie... Swear I wish I'd gotten to know you better...

    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
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    feb 21- a day to remember
    one of the greatest fell to the enemy
     
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