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5 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X

1. AS A CHILD, MALCOLM X AND HIS FAMILY WERE TERRORIZED BY THE KU KLUX KLAN Malcolm’s parents were students of Marcus Garvey and members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. His father, Earl Little, was a Baptist preacher and a leader in their local UNIA chapter in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother Louise was the chapter secretary. They faced countless threats from the Ku Klux Klan and were forced to move from Nebraska. They first traveled to Milwaukee before later relocating to Lansing, Michigan. Unfortunately, the intimidation tactics by the Klan did not stop. In 1929, when Malcolm was 4 years old, the Black Legion (a splinter group of the KKK) burned down their home in Michigan. Two short years later, Malcolm's father...

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Meet the Face Behind The Brand

My name is Jakal El-Malik and I am the owner and creator of LongLiveThePpl. As an activist, I have organized protests and panel discussions, given lectures and presentations at churches, universities, and schools and I have even been featured on regional TV broadcasts discussing race in Amerikkka. I'm also a music artist, who most people would categorize as a "conscious rapper". But my first time making the paper wasn't for what I ever thought it would be.. Being heavily involved in the Black community at my alma mater, Missouri State University, I took great issues with the amount of institutional racism that was present and how resources were not equally distributed for Black and Brown students. Shortly after the unjust killing of Michael Brown,...

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Plot Twist: White People Chose Slavery

This past week there's been countless debates on social media about whether or not Kanye was right when he said "slavery was a choice". Needless to say, there were enslaved people who fought back for over two centuries and there were enslaved people who were psychologically conditioned to accept their way of life. And there were also those who chose "death over bondage". Going back and forth to say what our ancestors did or didn't do shouldn't be the focal point of the conversation though. Because it was white settlers in the Americas that CHOSE chattel slavery. 1. Afrikan people didn't choose to be brought here as enslaved people. 2. Black Indigenous people didn't choose to be enslaved on their own...

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The Black Panther Party 10-Point Program

1. We Want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. We believe that Black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.   2. We want full employment for our people. We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the white American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.   3. We want an end to the robbery by...

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10 MUST READ Books for the Black Conscious Mind

We know how the saying goes: "Knowledge is power." And in a world where our minds are constantly under attack with anti-Black propaganda and twisted versions of our history and heritage, we have to stay sharp and grounded by advancing our knowledge and passing it onto others thru meaningful conversations and exchanges. #1 - Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton Revolutionary Suicide is an autobiography by Huey P. Newton, co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, that covers his transformation from impoverished teen in the streets of Oakland to his rise as a revolutionary figure. #2 - The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley A collaborative autobiography between Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley...

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