May 19, 1925 – Feb. 21, 1965
Without education, you’re not going anywhere in the world.” ~ Malcolm X
Where I grew up, African-American people lived south of downtown. I didn’t recognize the subtleties of “benign” segregation. When I was a teenager, only one African-American attended my high school of over 2,000 students. What I knew about this country, its history, the plight of African-Americans, the downtrodden, and the poor would not challenge the volume of a thimble. At 18, I read the “Autobiography of Malcolm X.” That one book forever changed the way I saw the world.
Happy birthday and thank you for opening my eyes, Malcolm. And thank you as always, my beloved mentor and friend, Ulysses Doss, for keeping them open.
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.” — Malcolm X