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Martin Luther King is Getting a Monument, Let’s Now Build Something for Malcolm

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

As we prepare for the unveiling of the Washington memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important that we take a second to contextualize this extraordinary event. Dr. King deserves to be celebrated next to other great heroes of American history, and it is a proud testament to the growth and maturity of our nation that Dr. King has been honored in this way.


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    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 am

    The obvious is the obvious in this article. Why not dedicate a monument to both men with both men together based on the famous photo taken of both men together before both men died.

  2. August 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud. Give me some dap Brother. Down with Honkies, down with the White Man was the Cry of alot of GI’s coming back from Vietnam in the sixites. During the late sixties you would have known me not by my name but as the Paper Boy. I delivered papers for the Tampa Times on McDill Air Force Base. GI’s loved Malcom, he was an inspiration to them because they had just left combat and some were on their way to combat. I must admit alot of them did not subscribe to Dr Kings theory of non violence. They wanted freedom and wanted it Now at any cost!

    I remember GI’s getting shaving chits so they didn’t have to shave. They grew beards, packed their hair down using large amounts of greese then wore a stocking cap to hide how long their hair really was. This was done in defiance of military establishment and protest for unequal treatment in the military. I can hear them Now, Mother F???er we want the ballot or the bullet, by any means necessary.

    Malcom was loved by many a young Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine. They were classified as militants. They were investigated by CID, OSI, NIS, FBI, DOD, NSA and the list goes on. Because they beleived in what Malcom preached they were ushered out of the military as quickly as possible by any means necessary. The military concentrated on issuing dishonorable dishcharges for some of the most minor infractions and even put people out on hearsay.

    You have to realize that during Malcom’s time we had very little Black Officer Leadership in the Military, in other words we had very few people to fight for us in case an injustice took place. As a child I sat at the feet of many a combat soldier listening to the horrors they saw and why they felt they should not have been in Vietnam.

    I’ll be honest when I say I can’t remember where I was when Malcom was assasinated. But I can tell you that when Dr King was assasinated I lived on Bridges Loop on McDill Air Force Base. The day Dr King was being prayed over at the cemetary i was on the third floor of one of my barracks watching Dr King funeral with a room full of GI’s with tears running down their face. Malcom’s gone, Kings gone what we gone do now some of them cried. When Dr King was placed in the ground I continued to deliver my news papers.

    Malcom Deserves a Statue on the Washington Mall. His contrabutions made alot of young Afro Americans realize that they were men not second class citizens like they had been taught for years. Vietnam gave alot of Afro American GI’s the motivation and determination they needed to succeed in life.

    As a child I was lucky, I walked through the chow lines without anyone saying anything, I slept in the barracks anytime I wanted and their was always some one to give me a ride home if I needed one. But most importantly there was always plenty of ears open to hear what ever a young teenager had to say.

    God Bless Malcom, Martin, The Strategic Air Command, Strike Command and the City of Tampa Florida.

  3. jaleel shakir
    August 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Let us not forget that malcom was the student of and spokesman for the Honorable
    Elijah Muhammad,I say lets build a museum for all of our heroes who worked tirelessly
    to wake us up to the tricks and schemes of our oppressors.

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