This is an excerpt from Malcolm X’s speech “The Ballot and The Bullet,” which he delivered on April 12, 1964 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In this speech, the minister and human rights activist submits a charge to the ‘Black’ people of the United States of America with his blueprint on their future political and economic survival. While his lecture on Black Nationalism is most relevant to the time he spoke these words, much of his theory on how to achieve and maintain a successful community remains applicable in a 21st Century world that is still not conducive to ‘Black’ collective progress.
What do you think are some of the biggest takeaways here?
What are some practical steps that you can implement or have implemented to promote ‘Black’ business development and political representation in your local community?
You can read a transcript of the speech here:
(via Digital History – a project of the College of Education at the University of Houston)
A complete audio recording of this speech as well as an alternative to it that was delivered at Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio on April 3, 1964, is available here:
(via American Studies at the University of Virginia)