Interview with Sonia Sanchez
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

Yea, if you could give me a sense of Malcolm and the icon story about Baraka.

SONIA SANCHEZ:

Right. You see, what Malcolm did, I think, is that he freed those people who needed to be freed, who were waiting for someone to say, uh, "Hey, come on, you can do this, in this fashion." So, as a consequence, um, I never say Malcolm as an icon, of sorts, okay. So, I never saw anyone else. I saw them all as my brothers in the struggle. Now, of course, ah, Malcolm maintained a rarefied position for all of us, make no mistake about that, okay, but, what I'm saying is that when, when I heard the message at the same time that many of these other people had heard the message, so therefore, they were my brothers and sisters in this struggle. So, when I went to see people, I remember a point in Baraka's life, hitting Newark, heading for the University of Pitt, very much, ah, in need of some kind of help there, at that particular point...

SONIA SANCHEZ:

I saw it and couldn't, I saw it and couldn't say anything.