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CLIP 5588

Interview with black Muslim leader Malcolm X, 1964

Interview with black Muslim leader Malcolm X, 1964
Key Info
  • Interview with black Muslim leader Malcolm X, 1964
  • Malcolm X begins by clarifying his name and then explains some of the divisions within the Black Muslim movement. He talks about the Organisation of Afro-American Unity and its demands for recognition and respect of their legal and human rights. His stance, that any or all means should be used to achieve advancement for African Americans, is defended. He goes on to allege that the Civil Rights movement does not fully represent the ordinary, poor, African American, and that education should be used as a tool to promote understanding. There is a warning that African Americans may soon rise up in violence. First broadcast in Tonight on 20 November 1964.
  • Subject:



    USA: Civil Rights in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: Black Power, Malcolm X, Nation of Islam, Organisation of Afro-American Unity, Black Muslims, Witness, Civil Rights, USA, black history, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students to consider if Malcolm X was as impressive or articulate leader as Martin Luther King.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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