The Life, Philosophy and Influences of
Malcolm X forum (MALCOLM-X) is a discussion forum devoted to
all aspects pertaining to the life, philosophy and influences
of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm-X.
discussion forum welcomes discussions of topics directly
related to the writings, speeches, taped recordings,
photographs, movies, documentaries and the numerous books and
articles written about Malcolm-X.
purposes of the Malcolm X discussion forum are:
To identify, examine
and separate the myths from his actual philosophical beliefs
To develop a clearer
understanding of Malcolm-X works.
To discuss the
theoretical actions of "what Malcolm X would say
and/or do" about the current state of affairs facing
people of colour, specifically Black people, in
"hypothetical" projection should be based on documented
sources to support your analysis, ideas, theories and
suggestions. However, there is room for saying, "what you
think" and to pose questions on all aspects of this
To serve as a resource
to its members, by continually identifying the thousands of
resources, materials, organizations and Internet sites
revolving around the life and memory of El-Hajj Malik
El-Shabazz -- Malcolm-X.
Malcolm-X has come to symbolize power, solidarity and
self-empowerment, within the Black community. As we
enter this new millennium, it becomes more compelling to
understand the agents of change, which have shaped the
thoughts of Black people, or people who classify themselves as
Black, their rhetorical base and their collective actions,
within the confines of Western culture. "X" has come to signify one man's words
It is important that
Malcolm X's concepts and ideas of group empowerment, rebellion
against injustice and the ultimate refusal to assimilate, not
be overshadowed by commercial exploitation and other romantic
notions of Malcolm-X.
Appropriate topics for discussion in the Malcolm X
The Malcolm X discussion
forum has a very broad subscriber base. We have young
people, students, admirers, organizers, scholars and those
generally interested in the life, philosophy and collective
actions of Malcolm-X.
Pride of place will be
given to contributions to the Malcolm X discussion forum that
foster a better understanding of Malcolm X's:
freedom, justice, peace, brotherhood, and the union of
Staunch belief in
Social and political
into human nature and race relations.
There are many other
areas to consider. Where this discussion leads will be
shaped by the collective group. As long as the
discussion is Malcolm X related, it is appropriate.
A Suggested Reading List
This discussion forum
also invites those who may want to share and discuss the view
of Malcolm X as a "militant troublemaker," making a minimal
contribution to the overall society. It is the Moderator's
belief that all views of Malcolm X should be openly heard,
analyzed and discussed.
|Malcolm X discussion forum guidelines:|
- Never refer to El-Hajj Malik
El-Shabazz as simply "Malcolm." The only respectful and
acceptable way to reference him is as: El-Hajj Malik
El-Shabazz or Malcolm-X.
- Be respectful of those who may
oppose Malcolm X's views. Deep and strong feelings still
surround the assassination of Malcolm X. Let us be sure we
understand the source of the problem(s); be it government
inspired, personal or organizational.
- Introduce yourself when signing
onto the list. A short introduction is always a good
icebreaker. Reference your experience and exposure to
Malcolm X and Malcolm X related materials.
- Try to avoid lofty
language. I want to be able to read the posts without
looking up every other word.
- Do not post conference,
employment or event announcements, unless they are directly
related to Malcolm X.
- Please, do not post
- No jokes. Period.
Unless directly related to Malcolm X. Malcolm X loved
humor, but if you need a break, joke on another
- No personal attacks -- Take it
"outside" and keep it off the list.
- Only send e-mail in standard
ASCII text formatting. Do not use HTML code
Don'ts of Malcolm X participation:|
- NEVER send
files or attachments to a discussion list, especially
Malcolm X. Files and attachments should only be sent
to people you have made prior arrangements with to send
and/or receive files/attachments. Even then, you
should only save those files/attachments to a floppy disk or
a zip disk designated explicitly for downloads and
- Avoid the viruses and worms by not sending
files, attachments and HTML to our forum. Even your best on-line
friends can infect your system. Use antiviral scanning
software on the floppy disk or zip disk BEFORE opening the
file. Only send e-mail in standard ASCII and not use
HTML code embedding.
- If you want
your posting read by the broadest number of people, please
refrain from sending ANY e-mail to the Malcolm X
forum using HTML code embedding. The
MAJORITY of people using e-mail simply can not read HTML
When one configures
their browser (or e-mail client) to send HTML code, the
message is no longer conforming to the
standard/international e-mail protocols. This immediately
reduces the number of places that will accept your message
(e.g. gateways, Newsgroups and BBS) and people who will read
and reply to their message. Most people (especially
me) will usually delete it before attempting to wade through
the visible codes.
E-mail is a TEXT based
medium/format. HTML formatted messages take up
unnecessary archive disk space and in most all cases can not
be read by FTP, Gopher and Lynx readers.
- We are communicating on an
international basis, please set your browser to plain
ASCII. This can be found under the options menu in
both Netscape and Microsoft's Internet
- If your mail program supports
fancy formatting (bold, italic and so on)
in the mail messages it generates, DO NOT use those
feature on the Malcolm X forum. In general,
any time you send a fancy formatted message, make sure that
the recipient(s) has a mail program that can display such
messages. At this time, most Internet mail programs,
especially the international programs, do not support
anything other than PLAIN TEXT in messages, although this
will change over time (three (3) years).
Many people on this list may have
differing opinions from your own. That is O.K.
- Try to be helpful with
- Treat people as you want to
be treated. Don't
be afraid to go "off-line" and have a private's
conversation/arguments with those that you may not agree
with. Bring the important facts/outcomes back to the
list (minus the personal attacks).
- Please sign your messages with
your real name.
- All posts are archived
and accessible to the entire world via the World Wide
Web. When you write something it become a matter of
permanent history of the Internet.
and a Legacy of Struggle
In cooperation with the University
of Toledo Africana Studies Program, the Malcolm X discussion
forum will participate in resurrecting the 1990 conference -
Malcolm X: "Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle."
Beginning on February 5, 2001 and continuing for six (6)
months, the Malcolm X discussion forum will serve as the
official worldwide on-line site for the "Radical Tradition and
a Legacy of Struggle" 2001 conference.
Each week archival audio
speeches will be hyperlinked to the Radical
Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle Web
site. To help
focus our discussions, we have
compiled A Suggested Reading List for you.
Welcome to the discussions of the
life, philosophy and influences of Malcolm-X.
F. Leon Wilson
Discussion Forum Moderator
e-mail: "F. Leon Wilson"
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