March 21, 2018 Abdul Haqq

‘Wakanda Moments?’

The Autobiography of Malcolm X continues to contain poignant lessons that still benefit many of us today. For example, while we continue to celebrate the success of Black Panther, Malcolm spoke of the ‘Wakanda moment’ black people experienced over 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]  

Is the fact that we are still celebrating for similar reasons, 81 years later, an endorsement of the progress made for black people – Africans, African-Americans and African-Caribbeans in the West in particular – or an indictment due to a lack of it?


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