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Birthday, Black America

Happy birthday, Malcolm X!

For Malcolm X

All you violated ones with gentle hearts;
You violent dreamers whose cries shout heartbreak;
Whose voices echo clamors of our cool capers,
And whose black faces have hollowed pits for eyes.
All you gambling sons and hooked children and bowery bums
Hating white devils and black bourgeoisie,
Thumbing your noses at your burning red suns,
Gather round this coffin and mourn your dying swan.

Snow-white moslem head-dress around a dead black face!
Beautiful were your sand-papering words against our skins!
Our blood and water pour from your flowing wounds.
You have cut open our breasts and dug scalpels in our brain
When and Where will another come to take your holy place?
Old man mumbling in his dotage, or crying child, unborn?
© Margaret Abigail Walker

Photo of Malcolm X

Malcolm X was born on 19 May 1925. Happy birthday to him.

4 Comments

  1. aundria

    Happy Birthday brother Malcolm!!!!
    I know you have SURELY found peace…….

  2. H.M.G.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER MALCOLM,I JUST WANNA SAY THANKS FOR ALL U DID FOR YOUR PEOPLE AND YOU ARE TRULY MY HERO.PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU BROTHER

  3. Just how long will it be before the incredible shrinking gaffe-machine that is RNC chairman Michael Steele is forced into yet another foot-shuffling, head-scratching and Uncle-Tomming recant following his latest declaration that he regards the (supposedly “anti-white”) Malcolm X as his favorite leader? Or will Mr Steele display some of the backbone that was Malcolm's hallmark and stand up to the political Eyjafjallajökull that will shortly erupt about his ears?

  4. M.O.I.

    Ahsante Malik Shabazz, Ahsante !