"Greetings from the Deep South ... Islam is on the march" Malcolm X handwrites a most prophetic quote
signed5.5" x 3.5"
September 24, 1958·Tampa, Florida
by Malcolm X
Tampa, Florida, September 24, 1958. 5.5" x 3.5". "Autograph Letter Signed ""Malcolm X"" in red ink on message side of a picture postcard. Color, 5.5"" x 3.5"". Captioned ""World-famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge crossing Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Bradenton"" and ""Business section of downtown St. Petersburg."" Band across center: ""Greetings from St. Petersburg Florida."" 3¢ Statue of Liberty postage stamp cancelled Tampa, Florida, September 24, 1958. Addressed by Malcolm X to ""Miss Gloria Owens / 12208 Scottwood / Cleveland, Ohio / #12."" Fine condition.In full, ""Greetings from the Deep South - from the Cotton fields to the Orange Groves, Islam is on the march.""Gloria Owens was the sister of Maceo X Owens, secretary at Muhammad's Mosque No. 7 in Harlem where Malcolm X preached alongside Louis Farrakhan. By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad. After a period of travelling in Africa and the Middle East, Malcolm X founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. (MMI) and the Organization of African Unity. Malcolm X continued efforts to publicize Muhammad’s alleged extramarital affairs, and sent an aide to gain signatures for a paternity suit by two of the leader’s former secretaries.During the first week of March 1964, Elijah Muhammad asked his advisors about the title and property rights to Malcolm’s home in East Elmhurst, Queens. Mosque No. 7 secretary Maceo X Owens (Gloria Owens' brother) filed papers on behalf of the Nation of Islam to have the former minister and his family evicted from their Queens home. The Nation of Islam’s stance on the eviction trial was that the home had been purchased for Malcolm X in his ministerial capacities, but that he had severed the relationship with the establishment of MMI. The eviction trial was held on June 15 - 16; the Judge ruled in favor of the Nation of Islam in September 1964, but tabled the execution of the warrant until January 1965. Three days before his assassination on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X and his family moved to the home of close friend, Thomas Wallace. " (Inventory #: 61018)
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