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VIDEO: Malcolm X explains in 1963 why his surname is 'X'

Malcolm X appears on a television show 'City Desk' in Chicago, on March 17, 1963.
Posted: 03/07/2011 11:27 AM
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AT HIS most articulate and showing a huge measure of self control Malcolm X discusses various issues on this 1963 show including his surname 'X'.

As he says on the programme: "My father didn't know his last name. My father got his last name from his grandfather and his grandfather got it from his grandfather who got it from the slavemaster. The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slavemaster was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever."