Clarence Thomas's Counterrevolution
: "The first time Clarence Thomas went to Washington, DC, it was to protest the Vietnam War. The last time that Clarence Thomas attended a protest, as far as I can tell, it was to free Bobby Seale
and Erikah Huggins
." Corey Robin
) discusses the intellectual legacy of Justice Clarence Thomas. See also: "Clarence X? The Black Nationalist behind Clarence Thomas's Constitutionalism
. [more inside]
Robert Penn Warren's book Who Speaks for the Negro?
was a collection of interviews with various men and women involved in the Civil Rights Movement published in 1965. Vanderbilt University has made all the interviews
available as audio and transcripts, taken from the original reel-to-reel recordings. Among the interviewees were Martin Luther King Jr.
, Malcolm X
, Septima Poinsette Clark
, Ralph Ellison
, Stokely Carmichael
, James Baldwin
and Bayard Rustin
. On the page for each interview there are links to related documents
, such as letters, photos and contemporary news articles.
What Does D-Day, MLK JR and Tennessee Williams have in common?
NO, not that D-Day.
The other D-Day. [more inside]
The Man Who Didn’t Shoot Malcolm X.
Khalil Islam, formerly known as Thomas 15X Johnson, was convicted of assassinating Malcolm X
and served 22 years in prison. One of the co-defendants later swore
Khalil Islam was innocent. "The fact was, I was just the patsy. The perfect patsy." [more inside]
The Greatest Interviews of the 20th Century
according to The Guardian. The interviews are with Princess Diana, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Dennis Potter, Francis Bacon, Marilyn Monroe, Sex Pistols, Malcolm X, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Thatcher and Fidel Castro. You know who else is interviewed? That's right, Nixon. Oh, and there's a Hitler interview, too. Apparently he likes tea. So do I. Funny ol' world. [via Neil Gaiman]
held in an internment camp during WWII, cradled Malcolm X
as he took his last breaths, raised six children
, and has spent her life working towards radical social change.
Last year she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
. Read an interview
or listen to one
of her, or if you want more, there are two books
and a couple documentaries
about her life.
Sheikh Khalid Yasin grew up as a Christian in the United States
but converted to Islam under the influence of Malcolm X. Last week he was interviewed
) by Australia's 60 Minutes
. Yasin's claims
—Muslims should not attend university because it's a "gateway for deviation", homosexuality is punishable by death
, and Muslims cannot truly befriend non-Muslims—have caused controversy among LGBT groups
& moderate Muslims, yet despite his naysayers, Yasin does not lack
for a following in Australia
, and is frequently honored
as a guest speaker
around the world. The LA Times has more
on US-born extremists.
Hidden Sides, Hushed Ideals of a Civil Rights Strategist
Bayard Rustin - Quaker
, former Young Communist cum anti-communist socialist, advocate of non-violence, ''known homosexual''
, architect of the March on Washington and, it goes without saying, great American. A critical socialist take
on Rustin. Here, for our resident Malcolm X man
, a debate between Rustin and X
in 1960--do note the latter's views evolved greatly between then and his assassination--and here is Nat Hentoff
on Rustin. A recent P.O.V. fim on Rustin - Brother Outsider
Online Audio Recordings: UC Berkeley Lectures and Events
Including speeches by James Baldwin, Walter Blum, Malcolm X, and Noam Chomsky, to name a few.