“I speak the truth. I speak to the pain and hurt of the masses of Black people. I speak that which many of them wish they could say, that’s why they cheer and applaud. And I speak that also which many of them only whisper behind closed doors.”
– Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad
When it comes to the Freedom Struggles of African people, there have been a few social/political activists whose name alone brings out intense emotions from my community. They’re usually the ones who aren’t taught in the public school system, don’t have a national holiday, and aren’t recognized by the mainstream media. When mentioned in any conversation, they’re labeled as an extremist with a radical message; which are typically the ones I gravitate to the most. So allow me to shine a light on a revolutionary whose work and message still hold as much weight now as it did during his time on earth. Dr. Khalid Adbul Muhammad.
Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad was an African American activist, one-time member of The Nation of Islam, and the national chairman of The New Black Panther Party. He attended Dillard University where he pursued a theological studies degree and while there, he was introduced to The NOI after hearing a speech by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Dr. Muhammad later received his Bachelors from Pepperdine University, and in 1978 he was appointed Western Regional Minister of the NOI and leader of Mosque 27 in Los Angeles, CA. By 1985, he was appointed National spokesman and Representative of Minister Farrakhan, traveling throughout the United States and calling for Black self-empowerment as well as separation.
Dr. Muhammad’s messages were extremely controversial to many, but no one can refute the validity in his points. I want to share a classic 1994 interview of his from The Phil Donahue Show. The topics of discussion include reparations, violence towards blacks, and Jews. If you’d like to discuss any of the content from the video, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…
Momodu, S. (n.d.). Muhammad, Khalid Abdul (1948-2001). Retrieved July 17, 2018, from http://www.blackpast.org/aah/muhammad-khalid-abdul-1948-2001