Interview with Ossie Davis
QUESTION 21
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Of the few words you wrote about Malcolm in that eulogy, ones that stand out, "On you is our manhood, our shining Black prince." Tell me about that and relate it to anything you want relate it too just like Malcolm.

OSSIE DAVIS:

Well, it seemed to me that Malcolm spoke directly to the emasculation of the Black male in particular. And Malcolm wanted to heal that emasculation. He wanted to teach us how in spite of that to be men again. So, I thought that I would like my children and generations to come to know this most important aspect of Malcolm X, that he was indeed our manhood, you know, our shining Black prince who didn't hesitate to die because he loved us so. I thought that in honoring him we honored the best in ourselves and I wanted that to be a part of what the world would remember when they thought of Malcolm.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK we can stop down now.