happy birthday malcolm


Happy Birthday Denzel Washington | December 28th, 1954

It’s simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they’re done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it’s what they see. That’s where my head is at. 

I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere. Even if I made mistakes, they were made in sincerity. If I was wrong, I was wrong in sincerity. I can deal with a person who was wrong, as long as they were sincere.
—  Malcolm X
happy birthday, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser!

“This is a morning my father never saw,” Jamie said, still so softly that I heard it as much through the walls of his chest, as with my ears. “The world and each day in it is a gift, mo chridhe—no matter what tomorrow may be.”  

  I sighed deeply and turned my head, to rest my cheek against his chest. He reached over gently and wiped my nose with a fold of his shirt.  

  “And as for taking stock,” he added practically, “I’ve all my teeth, none of my parts are missing, and my cock still stands up by itself in the morning. It could be worse.”

– The Fiery Cross

Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of two very important figures in black history. Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American human rights activist and vocal leader in Asian American empowerment. She is notable as one of the few prominent non-black supporters of the Black Liberation Movement. It is also the birthday of Malcolm X, the famous civil rights activist.

Yuri Kochiyama and her family were rounded up by the American government and forced to live behind barbed wire during World War ll.

She participated in sit-ins and invited Freedom Riders to speak at weekly open houses in her family’s apartment.

In October of 1963, Kochiyama and her eldest son were arrested with hundreds of other people, mainly African-Americans, during a protest.

Malcolm X walked into the courthouse where activists were waiting to hear their civil disobedience charges, and he was quickly mobbed my adoring activists. Kochiyama was one of them. She felt out of place being a Japanese among blacks, but finally mustered up the courage to call out to him and say, “Can I shake your hand?”

“What for?” he demanded.

“To congratulate you for giving direction to your people,” she finally mustered.

Malcolm X smiled and extended his hand. Thus the brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began.

She is pictured above, holding a recently assassinated Malcolm X as he lay dying.

Rest in Power to two very brave and extraordinary people.

~ Hannah

Sources: Wikipedia and npr.org


Last year when I did a Malcolm birthday post the text of the post lamented the lack of information available to accurately place 305 in time leading me to put his birthday in December. 

This year, thanks to my scientifically derived and not at all obsessive timeline project (which BTW has been edited and amended a bit since the original posting), I’m now completely sure his birthday cannot be later than the middle of October*. So I will choose this Tucker Tuesday to say

Happy Birthday, Malcolm!

But in the spirit of last year’s gifset

where I wondered if Malcolm wasn’t just messing with Stewart about it being his 50th birthday because why wouldn’t he; this year I will wonder if the famous c*nt cake isn’t actually Sam’s idea of a joke based on what she knows –which would be every single thing – about Malcolm’s sense of humor. 

I can see how the cake might have been sent via Tom in the sense that his office authorized it/paid for it, but with the understanding that Sam would take care of the details like choosing it and adding the personalized message and making sure Malcolm knew who it was from. 

Quick, someone get a sample of Sam’s handwriting!

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“I’M NOT A DEMOCRAT, I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American…I’m speaking as a victim of this American system.

I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see an American dream, I see an American nightmare…

THEY HAVE GOT A CON GAME GOING ON, a political con game and you and I are in the middle. It’s time for you and me to wake up and start looking at it like it is, and then we can deal with it like it is…”

Happy Birthday MALCOLM X! (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

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Today, servile labor officials prostrate themselves before Democratic and Republican politicians,

Opportunist "socialists” and “progressives” continue to fawn over the huckster from Vermont and similar scam artists.

But Malcolm X remains a clear voice of political independence and militant, direct action - unwilling to compromise the future for African-Americans and all working people.

Malcolm lives in the hearts of millions.

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Banner by Mike Alewitz/ 4’ x 10’/ 1988 — at Red Square, New London, CT.

Happy Birthday to Stanley Kubrick, the incomparable genius, who helped to create some of the greatest villains of all time!