A six-page letter handwritten by Malcolm X was recently found in a storage locker. Not only was it collecting dust, but dollar value!!
Page Six describes the letter as being penned right after his pilgrimage to Mecca back in 1964; on stationary and imprinted with Arabic writing and illustrations of historic sites.
The content of the letter seems to be like that of a journal –sharing thoughts, memories, observations, and offering opinion. Here’s some of what he penned:
“I have just completed my pilgrimage (Hajj) here to the Holy City of Mecca . . . which is absolutely forbidden for non-Muslims to even rest their eyes upon. I very much doubt that 10 American citizens have ever visited Mecca, and I do believe that I might be the first American-born Negro to make the actual Hajj itself.”
He then speaks about crossing paths with a diverse set of Muslims:
“Muslims here of all colors and from every part of this earth,” this is also where he says that he believes that, if Americans converted to Islam, it would stop racism.
“If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam . . . they, too, could then sincerely accept the Oneness of Men, and cease to measure others always in terms of their ‘difference in color.’ And with racism now plaguing America like an incurable cancer, all thinking Americans should be more respective to Islam as an already proven solution to the race problem.”
He then went on to say, “As America’s insane obsession with racism leads her up the suicidal path, nearer to the precipice that leads to the bottomless pits below, I do believe that Whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, through their own young, less hampered intellects, will see the ‘Handwriting on the Wall’ and turn for spiritual salvation to the religion of Islam, and force the older generation to turn with them. This is the only way white America can [ward] off the inevitable disaster that racism always leads to, and Hitler’s Nazi Germany was best proof of this.”
Moments in Time, a California memorabilia dealer is handling the sale of the letter (which was ALMOST thrown out with the trash!)
Source: Page Six, http://pagesix.com/2015/10/17/long-lost-letter-by-malcolm-x-to-go-up-for-sale-for-1-25m/?_ga=1.78578781.83445971.1389632291
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