By Nafeesa Shabazz-Edges
The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) commemorates the birthday of Malcolm X, a towering figure in the fight for Justice, Equity and Human Rights. IMMC is committed to preserving the legacy of the heroic leaders such as Malcolm X who helped shape the African American Muslim Movement for Freedom.
As there may be dark days we are experiencing, there are brighter days yet to come. An apostle for black identity and self-knowledge, a leader of political and social consciousness in the African American Freedom Struggle, we signify this day to honor El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, “Malcolm X.” Through his leadership and self-determination from the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, El-Hajj Malik advocated not for civil rights but for human rights to eradicate the ills of white supremacy and the symptoms of racism through human dignity.
During a time of racial terrorism, racial submission, and self-destruction, one of the fewer ways for black self-preservation was self-defense to achieve human dignity. As we continue to look for more ways to teach the true virtues of peace, justice, freedom, and equality, we adhere to this day to continue to spark the interests of others through social justice. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 12, 1965. As we reflect on the days of Brother Malcolm, his leadership, strength, and endurance have provided the blueprint for the next generation of leaders to secure and win the fight against racial hatred, mass incarceration, police brutality, and self-hatred.
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