Lot #12
Malcolm X

As its founder, Malcolm X signs a membership card for the OAAU, an organization formed shortly after his break with the Nation of Islam
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Estimate: $8000+

Description

As its founder, Malcolm X signs a membership card for the OAAU, an organization formed shortly after his break with the Nation of Islam

Exceedingly rare Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) membership card, 4 x 2.25, dated June 1964, signed below in ballpoint, “Malcolm X,” as chairman. Reverse of card is identified as “No. 1625,” and bears a “Self Defense” statement: “We assert and affirm the right of self-defense, which is one of the most basic human rights known to mankind.” In fine condition.

The OAAU was founded by Malcolm X, John Henrik Clarke, and other black nationalist leaders on June 24, 1964 in Harlem, New York. Formed shortly after his break with the Nation of Islam, the OAAU was a secular institution that sought to unify 22 million non-Muslim African Americans with the people of the African Continent. The OAAU was modeled after the Organization of African Unity (OAU), a coalition of 53 African nations working to provide a unified political voice for the continent. In the coalition spirit of the OAU, Malcolm X sought to reconnect African Americans with their African heritage, establish economic independence, and promote African American self-determination.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #600 - Ended January 13, 2021





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