Long-Lost Malcolm X Letter Up for $1.25 Million
It was found in an old storage locker.
A long-lost letter written by American activist Malcolm X is up for sale with an asking price of $1.25 million, through Los Angeles-based memorabilia site Moments In Time.
The six-page missive, penned by El-Hajj Malik El-Shabbazz, aka Malcolm X, following his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, was discovered along with autographs by baseball stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a storage locker in New York City, seller Gary J. Zimet told the New York Post.
The top of the page features colorful illustrations of historic sites, followed by Malcolm X’s blue cursive handwriting. “I have just completed my pilgrimage (Jahh) her to the Holy City Of Mecca…which is absolutely forbidden for non-Muslims to even rest their eyes upon,” he writes. “I very much doubt that 10 American citizens have ever visited Mecca, and I do believe that I might be the first American-born Negro to make the actual Hajj itself.”
The letter continues: “If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam…they too, could then sincerely accept the Oneness of Men, and cease to measure others always in terms of their ‘difference in color.'”
The full text of the letter and pictures of all six pages are viewable on the Moments in Time website. The same auctioneer also is selling a letter that was written by late rapper Tupac Shakur while serving time in prison in two decades ago.
Malcolm X, who was assassinated a year later after writing the letter, describes the incredible honor of being received and hosted by Prince Muhammed Faisal: “Never have I been so highly honored and never had such honor and respect made me feel more humble and unworthy.”
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