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
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
J.J. Express Drill & Drum Corp