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Attorney Gregory Reed Presents Fresh Look at Malcolm X

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Billed as a “community empowerment movement,” Saturday’s event at the Wayman Palmer YMCA really could have been labeled with an assortment of titles, chief among them “Rediscovering Malcolm X.”

Detroit attorney Gregory Reed, who purchased at auction the original manuscript of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, along with three unpublished chapters, was in Toledo to introduce yet another generation of inner-city youth to the man who was gunned down in 1965 at the height of his fame and power.

“He was about liberating your thoughts and liberating your mind,” Reed said.

Reed started his lecture with a lesson in the numerology that was such an important factor in the Nation of Islam spokesman’s life, particularly with respect to the number “7.” Reed then took his audience on a tour of some of the guiding principles that Malcolm imparted to his followers during his few years as one of the most visible African-American leaders during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Reed also decried the status of a community, and a nation, that had not fully profited by the sacrifices such leaders made during those times.

“We are dumbing [our kids] down by music, by computer program games, by our education system,” he said.

Reed’s address was the highlight of an afternoon filled by a variety of cultural activities at the Wayman Palmer – a J.J. Express Drill & Drum Corp performance, the singing of the Black National Anthem; a youth poetry reading and a closing praise dance by Jasmine Aaron of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Toledo was the first stop for Reed who is about to tour the country presenting the lost chapters of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Morris Jenkins, Ph.D., professor at The University of Toledo and chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Word, hosted this weekend’s event

J.J. Express Drill & Drum Corp


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