In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam. Below is a poem I wrote inspired by a speech Malcolm X delivered in 1962:
Who Taught You?
Inside the middle of a war
Courage rages within the mind's ear
As they hear
Their spirits gather like crows
To murder 400+ years of self-hatred
Smiles emerge on their faces
They stand together to embrace him
With thunderous pride
Absorbed in this brother's preachings
His speeches upon speeches
All designed to reach us
And from the grave he continues his call to action
With very simple questions...
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin?
Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?
(c) 2010. Composed by Soulfull. Soulful Synergy, LLC.
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posted by Soulfull @ 2/21/2010