Earlier this month, Providence Phoenix contributor Malcolm Burnley wrote the story of how he unearthed the lost audio tapes of an event that almost noone knew had even taken place: a speech at Brown University by MALCOLM X. Among other things, Burnley's tale is a fine bit of academic sleuthing: after happening upon a photo of Malcolm X at Brown, he managed to track a few scant mentions of the event to an attic in Nyack, New York.
As Burnley writes, "Few audio recordings, if any, exist of [Malcolm X's] public
speeches prior to 1963, and this one is particularly compelling —
offering a glimpse of the anti-colonial, internationalist agenda that
would characterize his later talks."
We're pleased to be able to offer a five-minute clip: check out
the excerpt below.