Happy Birthday Malcolm X, from Istanbul

Malcolm X would have 91 today. Some are taken from us much too soon.

Those who are familiar with the life, struggle and achievements of Malcolm X know him as one of the giants from the civil rights era that came to the fore in the U.S. in the 1960s. But his contribution, and the inspiration he provided to his generation and those that followed after his assassination on February 21, 1965, soared well beyond the borders of the contiguous United States. This image is but one example.

I found this stenciled work near a gritty entryway to an apartment on Akdeniz Caddesi, a street in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul, a piece that like Malcolm X’s legacy, continues to flourish despite attempts to shroud it.

If you haven’t read it, or would like to reacquaint yourself with it, I’ve located two free to download PDFs of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, named by Time Magazine (and plenty of others) as one of the most important non-fiction books of the 20th century. Try here and here.

The full image is below.

Malcolm X in Istanbul
Malcolm X in Istanbul

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Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 867th straight, was snapped in Istanbul, Turkey, on 25 April 2016.

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  1. C. J. Hartwell says

    Thank you for the links. I read it long ago, it’s time to read it again.

  2. Beata says

    Should be a required reading at a formative age! I also read it a long time ago and am glad I did.

  3. Caryn says

    Though they may have taken Malcolm X away they can never erase the messages he taught us. You can kill a man but you can never silence his voice.

    1. Bob R says

      Indeed. His voice was amplified.

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