X, Malcolm (1925 – 1965)

‘The dead are really stirring in this section of the graveyard

A rare autograph letter signed, ‘Bro. Malcolm X’ on a picture-postcard, date-stamped 1957.

The activist writes to Gloria Owens from San Francisco. In full, ‘Greetings from sunny California. The dead are really stirring in this section of the graveyard. Greetings to your mother and sister, Bro. Malcolm X’. In very fine condition. Very boldly handwritten throughout, and hand-addressed to the recipient. Rare and desirable.

At this time in 1957, Malcolm X was gaining national prominence for his advocacy of Hinton Johnson, a black man who was badly beaten by police after Johnson attempted to intervene on behalf of another black man who was being beaten. An interesting, cryptic note that appears to make reference to racial tension in California in the year in which he established ‘Temple No. 27’ in Los  Angeles. During the twenty year period between 1945 and 1965, the black population grew by 800% in California.