Malcolm X in Cairo, Egypt 1964

Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! From Cairo, with love.

“My heart is in Cairo” – Malcom X ( el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (ٱلْحَاجّ مَالِك ٱلشَّبَازّ‎, )

Malcolm X had already visited Egypt 3 times in the 1960’s it is during these visits that he started to meet with officials and gave interviews.

In Cairo, he attended the second meeting of the Organization of African Unity as a representative of the OAAU & By the end of this third visit, he had met with essentially all of Africa’s prominent leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, and Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria who all had invited Malcolm X to serve in their governments.

In the above video Malcolm X speaks in Cairo, Egypt about African-Black American relations and his efforts to bridge the divide.

On this day, the 96th anniversary of Malcolm X’s birth, I celebrate the legacy of Malcolm X from where I am in Cairo, Egypt. His impact is felt all over the world.

*video and text excerpts reposted from the History Collective*

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