Oct 27, 2022 - Sale 2619

Sale 2619 - Lot 41

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
WITH UPSIDE-DOWN THOMAS JEFFERSON POSTAGE STAMP MALCOLM X. Autograph Note Signed, "Bro Malcolm," to Roy Munford, on a postcard: "As Salaam Alaikum, Greetings from Battle Creek. This Teaching is fast-spreading everywhere." On verso is a photograph showing the entrance to the Youth Building in the Irving Park neighborhood of Battle Creek, MI. 1 page, 12mo; minor scattered soiling, with cancelled 2-cent postage stamp featuring bust of Thomas Jefferson (inverted, presumably in protest). Battle Creek, 12 May 1955 [from postmark]

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On January 24, 1965, just weeks before being murdered, Malcolm X delivered a speech in Harlem in which he encouraged a critical review of the narrative surrounding America's "founding fathers," picking out Thomas Jefferson as being especially worthy of condemnation by pointing out that his believing in the words he authored--"all men are created equal"--while owning slaves, implied that he did not intend those words to apply to the enslaved. Because of this hypocrisy, Malcolm X said, African-Americans should look upon Jefferson with the same contempt he showed them. Malcolm X on Afro-American History (1965).