Notes on THE LAST MESSAGE
Malcolm X made this speech (later entitled “The Last Message”) in Detroit under unusual circumstances. The night before the speech his house had been bombed, a local physician had given him a sedative just before the talk, hence his rhetorical style is unusually subdued but he maintains his characteristic sharp insight, penetrating wit, and command of vernacular culture. One week later he was assassinated in New York City.
Malcolm X used this talk to sum up three basic points:
He had traveled and spoken with many African leaders - hence we need to study those men to learn the lessons that might have been passed on to Malcolm X. When the archive of his material currently being organized at the Schomburg is opened, we will be able to study the notes he took in these meetings. He met with the following leaders:
Malcolm X tried to prepare Black militants for the armed phase of the spontaneous uprisings that rocked the 1960’s.