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Malcolm X called him “the greatest Black man who ever walked the African continent,” while the US and Belgium plotted at the highest level to kill him. Patrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Regarded by most as a martyred hero, symbol of Anti-Imperialism and Pan/African union.
“Lumumba [is] the greatest black man who ever walked the African continent. He didn’t fear anybody. He had those people so scared they had to kill him. They couldn’t buy him, they couldn’t frighten him, they couldn’t reach him. Why, he told the king of Belgium, Man, you may let us free, you may have given us our independence, but we can never forget these scars.”
— [From] Speeches by Malcolm X. The first part was given at a rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (a movement he founded) held on June 28, 1964, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.
To learn more Patrice Lumumba check out Historian, Dr. Susan Williams, riveting new book “White Malice: The CIA and the Covert Recolonization of Africa”
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