PAINTING – TOOK SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO GET THE GREY TO COVER THE CANVAS PROPERLY, WHICH IS DOWN TO THE ENGLISH SUMMER ACTUALLY BEING HOT & STICKY.
MALCOLM X was a hero of mine for the longest time. I learnt about his life whilst briefly doing a degree in American Studies. I changed one of my majors in the 2nd year to sociology. What I found frustrating about his life was that he had stepped away from the Nation Of Islam tenets and was working towards a disavowal of racism and a more inclusive creed which went back to the Quran’s basic teachings. His belief system was turned on it’s head, when he made the Hajj to Mecca, and found that outside the USA, peoples of all nations could come together in peace and harmony, with a shared belief in humanity.
So, it was with some irony, that having disavowed violence and separatism, he was murdered so tragically.
If you are interested in Malcolm X, I would recommend to you his autobiography, which was ghost written by Alex Haley, who later wrote Roots, which is another great read.