Telegram from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964

Telegram from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King

A telegram from Malcolm X to King on June 30, 1964, offering the support of “self defense units” because “the day of turning the other cheek to those brute beasts is over”.

A good illustration of how these two men – fighting for the same cause – had two very different approaches.  Unfortunately, both met similar outcomes: less than a year later Malcolm X would be assassinated in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and Dr. King would be assassinated less than four years later in Memphis, Tennessee.

Source for photo: [Stanford University The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute]

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6 Responses to Telegram from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964

  1. Greg Ward says:

    Your recent posts are wonderful keep them coming – primary documents rule!

  2. De Benny says:

    I didn’t know Malcolm X offered King “troops”. Reminds me of Mt 26:53:

    Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

  3. mhasegawa says:

    I noticed this came from the King Center at Stanford. People might enjoyed Claybourne Carson’s book, “Martin’s Dream”. It is autobiographical and has a lot about the beginnings of the Center and how he was chosen to start it. Very interesting.

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