Okay so - I sat an watched Selma yesterday and found it both fantastic and heartbreaking.
Today I was thinking about the scene with Malcom X, I briefly remembered the first time I ever learned about him - watching the Fresh Prince as a British kid in the 90′s. And suddenly all I can think of is this scene in the very first episode
Uncle Phil: Look at me when I’m talking to you. Let me tell you something, son. I grew up on the streets just like you. I encountered bigotry you could not imagine. Now you have a nice poster of Malcolm X on your wall. I heard the brother speak. I read every word he wrote. Believe me, I know where I come from!
So I never really linked him saying that to actually visually placing him in that period of the Civil Rights movement. So I looked up a bit more of Phil’s past in the show and literally: “Phil: ls that so, son? Let me tell you something. The ‘63 March on Washington? l was there. The '65 demonstrations at Selma, l was there. The '65 Watts Riots, l was there, too.”
So yeah, I always knew Uncle Phil was badass, but goddamn