Interview with Marion Stamps
QUESTION 16
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Do you think Malcolm had a message for Black women.

MARION STAMPS:

Oh baby.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Tell me.

MARION STAMPS:

Malcolm, message to Black women was his practice in terms of how his relationship with Betty Shabazz was, his own wife. Ah, I, um, I read, um, it was a piece that I read about Malcolm. I, I can't even recall it right now, but I, I, um, I wrote, I got the thought because when I graduated out of college, I had to write a paper and what I did was took the, uh, Brown vs the Board of Education 1954 decision on integration. And I used Malcolm and, and, and, and the Party and, uh, our own school to prove that integration only miseducated Black people and that was not the answer, the answer was quality education. And it, and, and again, you know, it's what has to happen now. You know, we, we are nowhere we ought to be as a people because we have let a lot of other kinds of things confused us. We, we have, we have thought a--we have adjusted other folks cultures, we have accepted other folks moral code of conduct. Ah, we don't talk about what it is to praise the red, the Black and the green. We don't, we, we don't wear scarves any more, we don't drape ourselves and wrap ourselves because we, we, we have lost the feeling and the understanding, the spiritual understanding of what it means to drape yourself, it ain't no style, you drape yourself to protect yourself and to bring all of the spirits of the ancestors wrapped in your body so mind, body and soul you can be correct and you can be on point. You know, and I think Malcolm projected this in terms of his, his whole lifestyle in terms of how he dealt. Fred did it, you know. But again, even when you talk about, who you talking about, you talk about men. Where are the female Fred's, where are the female Malcolm's, where are the female King's, okay? It is time for the queens of, of, of the nations, the mothers, you know, those who give birth to anything and everything to emerge and save the nation. I think that if Black people don't hurry up, and, and, and, and wake up and see what time it is, that we will be purged just like the children of Egypt to wander for 40 years until the next generation emerges. We have in our desire to be just like them, we have created all kind of plagues that, that, that, that are destroying our community.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Thank you. We got roll out. Good. We got it.