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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: Spider879
He's one of my personal heroes (along w/Patrice Lumumba). Most people only hear the controversial stuff about him, but don't even know the real the reason he was killed.
His new organizations were trying to link the American Civil Rights Movement to the independence movements going on in Africa & the rest of the world at the time. He had traveled to several of those countries and discussed tactics with their independence movements. Apparently he was also trying to create self-defense militias, similar to the kind that are prevalent in the US right now (similar to the original Black Panthers, as well). After all, if the majority wouldn't protect us, why couldn't we just protect ourselves? Of course, anyone who knows the history of the Cold War in Africa will know that this was a recipe for assassination.
I'm curious when this conversation in the OP took place. As in, was it before his famous trip to Mecca or after? Because he says he was poisoned when he was in Egypt on that same trip & nearly died from it.