Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gregory Kane - A sad tale of two Malcolms

Gregory Kane, a conservative Columnist and visiting professor at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University writes about the recent death of Malcolm Latif Shabazz.

Malcolm Latif Shabazz (October 8, 1984 – May 9, 2013) was the son of Qubilah Shabazz, the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. He was the first male descendant of Malcolm X

Shabazz was only 28; it had been some 16 years since he was charged with setting the fire that took the life of his maternal grandmother, educator and activist Betty Shabazz, the widow of the man most Americans know as Malcolm X. For years, Malcolm Shabazz had to struggle with the legacy of being the grandson of one of the nation's leading human rights icons.

Like his grandfather, Malcolm Shabazz was a devout Muslim. Unlike his grandfather, the last night of his life, Malcolm Shabazz did something his grandfather probably never would have done, at least not in his days as a zealous Muslim convert to the Nation of Islam.

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