May 17, 2013



CONTACT: Lawrence Hamm 973 801 0001

The People’s Organization for Progress was stunned like so many when we learned of the tragic violent death of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

We extend our sympathies to the Shabazz family as they face yet another enormous ordeal.

We note with great respect that young Malcolm was trying to become a personal beacon of international human solidarity in his own right and we salute him for that.

Our organization has a special connection to the Shabazz legacy, most especially to Dr. Betty Shabazz, who was one of our most honored guests in the early years of the organization.

In that first historic visit, Dr. Shabazz made a challenge to the organization and to me, personally, that made us both better and more committed to what we do. In short, in that first gathering to honor Malcolm, featuring Dr. Shabazz, our audience wasn’t as large as Malcolm’s legacy deserved. Dr. Shabazz plainly told us that if we ever wanted her to come back and talk about her husband, then we “better” get the audience he deserved. We have since tried to bring that zeal and attention to mobilization detail to all of our work ever since, and it truly has made a difference.

We will continue to salute the legacy of Malcolm X and his family as we always have and should. We urge all other organizations to do the same.

Power to the People!

Lawrence Hamm,


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