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Rare handwritten postcards by Malcolm X auctioned off

AUCTION: Civil rights leader Malcolm X

A COLLECTION of 16 handwritten postcards by civil rights activist Malcolm X have been sold in auction.

The entire collection of rare postcards went up for auction yesterday (Aug 25) by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, The Huffington Post reported.

Each of the letters, written in 1957, 1958 and 1964, offer a glimpse into the life of the outspoken activist as he traveled throughout the US, West Africa and the Middle East.

The postcards were written to Gloria Owens, sister of Maceo X Owens, a prominent Nation of Islam member.

One of the early letters, written during a visit to California in November 1957, noted how "the dead are really stirring in this section of the grave yard".

Another postcard sent from “sunny Florida” displays an image of the stereotypical 'mammy' and her son praying at bedtime.

He also sent a message that read, “Greetings from the Deep South…from the cotton fields to the orange groves, Islam is on the move.”

Following his exit from the Nation of Islam, X took a pilgrimage to Mecca and adopted a “purer” form of the religion. During this time, he also traveled to Kuwait, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Casablanca.

“Greetings from beautiful Kuwait,” the civil rights activist wrote in 1964. “Since I’ve seen what a mess can be made of things by narrow-minded people, I’m still traveling, trying to broaden my scope.”

[Images curtesy of Nate D. Sanders/REX/Shutterstock]

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