Malcolm X staying at home.
East Elmhurst, Queens, NY, 1964
This famous picture of the Harlem leader was taken by Don Hogan Charles, the first afro-american photographer to work for the @nytimes. In his own words:
“Famous photograph that was in “Life” magazine in March of 1964 and again in “Ebony” in September of that same year. In the picture, Malcolm X is holding a M1 Carbine in his right hand, and pulling back the blinds on his window with his left hand, looking outside his Queens, NY, home to keep watch. He had good cause. On Feb. 14, 1965, his house was firebombed. A week later, on Feb. 21, 1965, while giving a speech, with his family in the audience, Malcolm X was assassinated.”
After Malcolm X’s death, the photo would be published with the slogan « By any means necessary ». This sentence originally came from an Address to the Accra Positive Action Conference on « Why we use violence » by philosopher Frantz Fanon, back in 1960. It would later be used by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1963 in his play ‘Dirty Hands’, about the eradication of class. Malcolm X would make it popular in June 1964, in a speech for the Organization of Afro-American Unity funding rally, almost exactly 52 years before the crucial events currently happening in the U.S. An iconic picture for an iconic man in iconic events, shot by an iconic photographer.
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