Dr. MLK, JR., became much more aggressive and demanding for equality and equity while speaking for economic freedom and expansion. Malcolm X became a visionary of inclusivity of struggle in an active voice against passive resistance while showing that love has no bounds in the pursuit of humanity, needs, and rights. Malcolm X views, strength and leadership was a much needed counter and direct opposition for our advancement of our narrative. I am grateful for his tone and influence. Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb 21, 1965. As we view Black Panther, I see the arguments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and/or/vs Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington and/or/vs W.E.B.Dubois, and T'Challa and/or/vs Killmonger. Stan Lee even patterned the X Men characters Professor X (Dr. MLK Jr.) and Magneto (Malcolm X) after their vantage points.
Mutants storyline in comic books mirrored the ideals of race relations and views of human rights. So much of our dream worlds mirror our reality. This battle of inclusion vs exclusion in the pursuit of happiness has always been present. What we must do is allow for all to find their niche area in the fight. The greatest of leaders always put their warriors in position for them to shine and be the greatest asset. In this battle- waged on oppression, greed, hatred, and the systematic approach of keeping separation clear and defined in caste systems of the have and have nots. The weight of his death bares a little heavier on my soul today. Thank-you brother for your work and may your legacy be remembered today. We are still fighting...I urge you to allow for space for all to fight. We need everyone in this battle doing their part as Malcolm X did his so valiantly.