to Martin Luther King (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference)
Malcolm X (text transcribed from the actual
letter from Malcolm X :
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MOSQUE NO. 7
113 Lenox Avenue
New York 26, New York
Dr. Martin Luther
C/O Southern Christian Leadership Conference
334 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta J, Georgia
present racial crisis in this country carries within it powerful destructive
ingredients that may soon erupt into an uncontrollable explosion. The
seriousness of this situation demands that immediate steps must be taken
to solve this crucial problem, by those who have genuine concern before
the racial powder keg explodes.
United Front involving all Negro factions, elements and their leaders
is absolutely necessary.
A racial explosion is more destructive than a nuclear explosion.
capitalistic Kennedy and communistic Khrushschev can find something
in common on which to form a United Front despite their tremendous ideological
differences, it is a disgrace for Negro leaders not to be able to submerge
our "minor" differences in order to seek a common solution
to a common problem posed by a Common Enemy.
Saturday, August 10th, from 1 - 7 p.m., the Muslims are sponsoring another
giant outdoor rally at 116th Street and Lenox Avenue. Two previous rallies
this summer at the same location, attracted 5000 to 7000 Harlemites
respectively. We expect our largest crowd this time, rain or shine.
are inviting several Negro leaders to give their analysis of the present
race problem and also their solution. We will also explain Mr. Muhammad's
will be no debating, arguing, criticizing, or condemning. I will moderate
the meeting and guarantee order and courtesy for all speakers. This
rally is designed not only to reflect the spirit of unity, but it will
give you a chance to present your views to the largest and most explosive
elements in Metropolitan New York.
you cannot come, please send your representative. Invitations to participate
have been sent to: Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Dr. Adam C. Powell, James
Farmer, Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Dr. Joseph
H. Jackson and James Forman.
An immediate reply
would be appreciated.
Malcolm X, Minister
MUHAMMAD'S NEW YORK MOSQUE NO.7