Malcolm X:

Francis A. Gregory Library

Malcolm X:

What Might He Think of America's Military Presence in South Asia, the Middle East and West Africa?

If Malcolm X were alive today, what might he think about America's involvement in the War in Afghanistan, Syria and military presence in Niger?

Malcolm X is considered one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century.  He rose from a life of petty crime to serve as a dynamic spokesman for the Nation of Islam and other African-Americans. 

On November 10, 1963, he delivered a riveting presentation at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan entitled "Message to the Grass Roots" in which he discussed imperialism and mentioned the United States' military involvement in Southeast Asia.

In celebration of Black History Month, WPFW-FM News Director Askia Muhammad will discuss the historical significance of the speech and its relevance today.

Previously, Mr. Muhammad served as editor of Muhammad Speaks, as senior correspondent to the Final Call newspaper and as a columnist for the Washington Informer.

He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Behind Enemy Lines, a collection of essays on five historic figures. In addition to his poetry appearing in numerous anthologies, his articles have been published in USA Today and The Washington Post.

Mr. Muhammad began his journalism career in 1967 while attending San Jose State College.  In 1976, he founded Black Journalism Review, which published many articles on issues of interest to the African American community. 

From 1979 through 2005, he worked as a founding panelist for the syndicated television program “America's Black Forum,” prepared commentaries for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and served as a panelist on Howard University Television's  “Evening Exchange Weekly Analysis.”

Over the course of half a century, Mr. Muhammad has received numerous honors including multiple awards by the National Association of Black Journalists.   In June 2007, he premiered his celebrated photo-exhibit, “Western Sunrise, The Nation of Islam in the West” at the New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Join us on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for an enlightening lecture about Malcolm X and issues of his time -- war and imperialism -- that are with us today.