place I have visited, they have insisted that I don't leave. Thus
I have been forced to stay longer than I originally intended in each
country. In the Muslim world they loved me once they learned I was
an American Muslim, and here in Africa they love me as soon as they
learn that I am Malcolm X of the militant American Muslims. Africans
in general and Muslims in particular love militancy.
hope that my Hajj to the Holy City of Mecca will officially establish
the religious affiliation of the Muslim Mosque, Inc., with the 750
million Muslims of the world of Islam once and for all -- and that
my warm reception here in Africa will forever repudiate the American
white man's propaganda that the black man in Africa is not interested
in the plight of the black man in America.
Muslim world is forced to concern itself, from the moral point of
view in its own religious concepts, with the fact that our plight
clearly involves the violation of our human rights.
Koran compels the Muslim world to take a stand on the side of those
whose human rights are being violated, no matter what the religious
persuasion of the victims is. Islam is a religion which concerns itself
with the human rights of all mankind, despite race, color, or creed.
It recognizes all (everyone) as part of one human family.
in Africa, the 22 million American blacks are looked upon as the long-lost
brothers of Africa. Our people here are interested in every aspect
of our plight, and they study our struggle for freedom from every
angle. Despite Western propaganda to the contrary, our African brothers
and sisters love us, and are happy to learn that we also are awakening
from our long "sleep" and are developing strong love for them.
I arrived in Accra
yesterday from Lagos, Nigeria. The natural beauty and wealth of Nigeria
and its people are indescribable. It is full of Americans and other
whites who are well aware of its untapped natural resources. The same
whites, who spit in the faces of blacks in America and sic their police
dogs upon us to keep us from "integrating" with them, are seen throughout
Africa, bowing, grinning and smiling in an effort to "integrate" with
the Africans -- they want to "integrate" into Africa's wealth and beauty.
This is ironical.
continent has such great fertility and the soil is so profusely vegetated
that with modern agricultural methods it could easily become the "breadbasket"
of the world.
spoke at Ibadan University in Nigeria, Friday night, and gave the true
picture of our plight in America, and of the necessity of the independent
African nations helping us bring our case before the United Nations.
The reception of the students was tremendous. They made me an honorary
member of the "Muslim Students Society of Nigeria," and renamed me "Omowale,"
which means "the child has come home" in the Yoruba language.
people of Nigeria are strongly concerned with the problems of their
African brothers in America, but the U.S. information agencies in Africa
create the impression that progress is being made and the problem is
being solved. Upon close study, one can easily see a gigantic design
to keep Africans here and the African-Americans from getting together.
An African official told me, "When one combines the number of peoples
of African descent in South, Central and North America, they
total well over 80 million. One can easily understand the attempts to
keep the Africans from ever uniting with the African-Americans." Unity
between the Africans of the West and the Africans of the fatherland
will well change the course of history.
in Ghana now, the fountainhead of Pan-Africanism, the last days of my
tour should be intensely interesting and enlightening.
Just as the American Jew is in harmony (politically, economically and
culturally) with world Jewry, it is time for all African-Americans to
become an integral part of the world's Pan-Africanists, and even though
we might remain in America physically while fighting for the benefits
the Constitution guarantees us, we must "return" to Africa philosophically
and culturally and develop a working unity in the framework of Pan-Africanism.