here is another excerpt from the latest feature:
quote:More memories of Malcolm
Bro. Jabril when he was , he was the captain in Lansing, Michigan under Min. Philbert who was Malcolm's brother and who had actually started [Malcolm] on the road to be what he really was by giving him the teachings before he ever got out of jail.
[Malcolm] came out and just like that he rose to minister. He was a minister in Detroit and then [Elijah Muhammad] took him right to the top. The biggest, most important [temple] was Number #7 in New York and that's where he ended up being the head and being chief lieutenant.
He ended up being the best help Elijah Muhammad had and one of the good things about him, Min. Farrakhan said this in regard to Khalid [Abdul Muhammad]. He said, "I'm gonna do the same thing with Khalid that Elijah Muhammad did with Malcolm because, with Malcolm, he raised the Nation to a higher level."
Not just Malcolm, but with the kind of mindset and attracting power he had, he brought so many young ministers following his example and they brought to the teaching - the truth was the same but they put it in a language that was more acceptable to the population. It sounded like college, like a real knowledge of what's going on in the street as opposed to the older ministers. Like Min. Isaiah, the minister in Baltimore, used to say that when he came to Elijah Muhammad he was like a plow boy. He couldn't read his name if you put it in boxcar letters, but he studied after hearing the teachings, overcame and was a very, very good minister but it was not that [same] level.
When [Malcolm] came in, it was Min. Lemuel Hassan [in Detroit,] and [Min. Isaiah], he was one of the best ministers Elijah Muhammad had and that whole battery of ministers was wonderful for that time. Min. Luicius [Bey] was a preacher but his appearance and delivery was such that it was very attractive to elder statesmen or people who were Masons, i.e., who were sort of leaders in the business world among Black people. He was a master at what he did, was very intelligent and his appearance was something. He and Malcolm used to run together ... the two of them would come to different cities to bring Islam and they attracted just about everybody. Things just went to a higher level and Malcolm was in ascendancy over everybody else - he was the national representative.
After his [separation] and death, which is something the White man has used to divide Black people against the Muslims because [the people] didn't know Malcolm, they made him a hero and in doing this, they accused the NOI as killing him so now [the people] are mad at the Nation, Elijah Muhammad and Min. Farrakhan.
We're not going to utilize the fact that [Malcolm] made a mistake and if he had of had time to think and somebody to speak to him in the right way, he probably would have been able to make it back.
I'm trying to give you the level of the [men] that were on the forefront when Malcolm came. He started bringing young ministers that were off of campuses, that were more learned and read and they began to appeal to the college educated and to a broader spectrum of our people. So, with those who came with him, Islam moved to a certain level and Khalid, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, intended to use him to raise [the Nation] to a certain level.