EMMA

Mama, just killed a man.Put a gun against his head. Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead, Mama, life had just begun. But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away. Mama, ooh. Didn’t mean to make you cry. If I’m not back again this time tomorrow. Carry on, carry on. As if nothing really matters. Too late, my time has come. Sends shivers down my spine. Body’s aching all the time. Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go, gotta leave you all behind and face the truth. Mama, ooh. I don’t want to die, I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all.

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ANOU KOZ LAMOUR

Malcolm X was a minister, human rights activist and prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and 1960s. Due largely to his efforts, the Nation of Islam grew from a mere 400 members at the time he was released from prison in 1952 to 40,000 members by 1960. 

A naturally gifted orator, Malcolm X exhorted blacks to cast off the shackles of racism “by any means necessary,” including violence. The fiery civil rights leader broke with the Nation of Islam shortly before his assassination in 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, where he had been preparing to deliver a speech.

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