March 21, 2018 Abdul Haqq

‘Wakanda Moments?’

The Autobiography of Malcolm X contains poignant lessons that continue to benefit many of us today. For example, while celebrating the success of the new Black Panther movie, we cast a glance back to when Malcolm spoke of the ‘Wakanda moment’ experienced more than 80 years ago:

“On June 27 of that year, 1937, Joe Louis knocked out James J. Braddock to become heavyweight champion of the world. And all the Negroes in Lansing, like Negroes everywhere, went wildly happy with the greatest celebration of race pride our generation had ever known. Every Negro boy old enough to walk wanted to be the next Brown Bomber.”[1]  

We should also consider whether the fact that we are still celebrating for similar reasons, 81 years later,  is an endorsement of the progress made for black people in the West or an indictment due to a lack of it?

 

[1] Haley, A: ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’, Chapter 2: Mascot, p.24, Ballantine, 1964

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