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New Arrivals at the Freedom Archives



Over the summer we’ve been going through old piles, re-organizing the archive space and re-arranging book shelves. Needless to say we found some cool stuff.

This image is taken from the Clifford Glover Contingent’s Coloring Book published by the May 19th Communist Organization. Clifford Glover was a 10-year-old black youth murdered by Thomas Shea, a white on-duty, undercover policeman, on April 28, 1973. His death, and the policeman’s later acquittal for a murder charge, led to an urban rebellion in the South Jamaica section of Queens, New York. The inside cover of the coloring book reads:

“We want our children to be part of building this new socialist society. That is why we built the Clifford Glover Brigade for our young people to march with us today, under the leadership of the Black Liberation struggle. We want them to understand that a system that survives through the murder of Black children by killer cops and the klan provides no future for them. But for them to live in a better world, they must start fighting for it by fighting white supremacy now. That is the way that they will learn new values and can grow into young revolutionary women and men.”

-Solidarity Statement from May 19th Communist Organization in recognition of New Afrikan Freedom Fighter Day, July 18, 1981.

Stay tuned, more new arrivals to come…


Illuminating the Voices of Liberation

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Taken from BLU Magazine Issue 13

Today we honor the birthdays of Ho Chi Minh, Malcolm X, Yuri Kochiyama and Lorraine Hansberry. All were extremely important in their unyielding fight for self-determination, national liberation and against racism in all its forms. We’re happy to have all of their voices contained somewhere in the Freedom Archives along with other archival materials like Ho Chi Minh’s poetry and former political prisoner and member of the Angola 3 Robert King Wilkerson interviewing Yuri Kochiyama. Below are a couple of the many digitized materials we have featuring Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh.

An essential component of the Freedom Archives is to preserve and spread the wisdom and lessons of our movement elders. Connecting issues of today with historical content is an important task in building strong, sustainable and inter-generational movements. Your financial support plays a key role in making all this work happen, creating greater access for newer generations to use our materials and helping to broaden their vision for a more just future.

Ho Chi Minh Speaks to the US Anti-War Movement (in English):


Malcolm X on African Liberation:


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Malcolm X Speaks

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Recently we stumbled across a couple of unmarked reels that turned out to contain Malcolm X speeches and interviews! Ranging from his time as a Minister in the Nation of Islam to a couple months before his death in February 1965, these reels offered a wonderful opportunity to hear Malcolm at different points in his political development. We chose these clips because of how directly and concisely he links African liberation and colonialism with racism and the liberation of African-Americans in the United States. Check out our entire Malcolm X collection here.

On African Freedom Fighters:


On Pan-Africanism:



Malcolm X: The Human Behind the Man

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malcolm-x(The following piece was written by Stephanie Jones, a University of San Francisco Senior and an intern at the Freedom Archives.)

How many times have you heard the “I Have a Dream” speech? How many pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X have you seen? Growing up hearing the speeches of these men, more specifically Dr. King, I am no stranger to the idea that civil rights were, and perhaps are, a sensitive issue within the United States. The stories told of the rights leaders above, as well as others such as Che Guevara have always given me the image of these men are greater than human – heroes; men who died for doing what was right of course. But with this title of hero, they were more than human to me.

Last week I listened to a panel discussion of race in the United States in the middle of the civil rights movement. The panel had various key figures of the movement including James Farmer, the Director of CORE at the time, and Malcom X. Before I even began the tape I was excited because although I had heard Malcom X speak a little, I am ashamed to say, the greatest influence on my image of him was Denzel Washington’s portrayal of him in the film, Malcom X. Aside from my excitement about hearing him, I selected the tape with hopes of finding useful material in my search for quotes regarding race relations throughout the world.

The panel discussion began with speeches from the participants, one discussing problems he has encountered with the government, others talking about the success of the bus boycotts in Montgomery. While I anxiously awaited Malcom X’s speech, as I assume the rest of the crowd did, I listened to the other speaker give real, but uplifting speeches about the hopes for the future while being supported by the crowd through applause.

Unlike the other speakers, when Malcom X took the podium, the crowd was silent … I could almost feel the crowds anticipation through the tape. His speech was not unlike the other presenters, discussing the need for change, but more some reason his voice connected in a different way. I was unable to pinpoint exactly what this was until the crowd began to applaud him or the second or third time and he silenced them. Never in my life have I heard a speaker silence a crowd in this manner – as if he had no patience for the praise they were giving him … that is was more important for them to hear him, really hear what he was saying. It was this that distinguished him. His speech was not a speech, I would label it more as a call to action. His disregard for the praise (he without a doubt deserved at the time) was shocking but essential. He was not asking for action, or attention, or respect – he was demanding it.

After his speech, the preliminary part of the panel was over, and the panel fielded questions from the audience. Although other panel members received some questions, the focus was without a doubt on Mr. X. In this discussion, the hero, in the film, in the speeches I had heard before this tape, and in the images I had seen, became human. This was the most exciting part of this tape to me. His responses to the questions were unscripted and uncontrolled; his anger came bursting through the headphones, and with each response he once again demanded. His tone was unlike any other speaker in its urgency and rhetoric.

While many people did not agree with what he was saying, everyone that addressed him did so with a respect that you could hear in their voices. Listening to this man’s unscripted response to question after question with an unwavering tone, confidence, and message was heroic, as I had imaged before, but also human … which I think was the most amazing part.

Malcolm X: Message To the Grassroots

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malcolm_speakingThe famous speech, “A Message to the Grassroots,” by Malcolm X has caught my attention as a great speech that youth need to hear.

In the speech, he speaks about Black people’s mentality traced back all the way to slavery. He speaks of house Negroes and field Negroes as two different people that have two opposite views on their existence and role. A house Negro is a Black person who is clearly mistreated and held captive but has the mindset that their maltreatment is normal or called for. On the other hand, field Negroes were historically treated worse, hated, despised and fought against the master.

Comparing that to his current time period, Malcolm connected slave and house Negroes with the “Uncle Toms” that he considered to be the Negro leaders at the time. He defined the Uncle Tom as the one who the white slave master dressed up  so other slaves would look up to him. He would convince the other slaves to calm down their uprising and keep people from uniting or running away.

He likened that character to leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Whitney young and other who were around at the time spreading a message of integration and “suffering peacefully”. He told of documents that showed those same leaders partnering up with white millionaires and getting paid to be in the spotlight and have the media at their disposal. He felt that the white influence on the march on Washington weakened the revolutionary stance and thus turned out to be a circus.

This speech is valuable not only because of the wisdom that Malcolm drops but also because of the history and knowledge he shares about the psychology that Black people  have towards one another and with themselves.

I chose to use excerpts from this speech for the same reason. I felt that Malcolm’s powerful and intelligent speech would be even stronger with some hard hiphop drums coupled with a soulful sample. When listening, don’t just bob your head to the beat; listen to the words just as you would any great song and use those words to secure your freedom.
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