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Black Star, Crescent MoonThe Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America$
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Sohail Daulatzai

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675852

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675852.001.0001

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War, Repression, and the Legacy of Malcolm

(p.189) Epilogue
Black Star, Crescent Moon

Sohail Daulatzai

University of Minnesota Press

This epilogue continues the discussion of this book by performing a comparative analysis on the visits of Barrack Obama and Malcolm X to Cairo. It examines both of their objectives, with Obama visiting to make the case that American power is benevolent in the War on Terror, whereas Malcolm X went as part of the Organization of Afro-American Unity in seeking support from Egyptian president Gamal Abdal Nasser and other African leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. It describes how Malcolm X’s visit was to internationalize the plight of Black peoples in the U.S., while Obama went to universalize American power. It also discusses the legacy of Malcolm X, having arguably the most defining influence on the politics and art of the nexus of Black radicalism and the Muslim Third World by drawing deep connections between domestic struggles for racial injustice and the fundamental challenges to U.S. militarism and imperial power.

Keywords:   Barrack Obama, Malcolm X, Cairo, War on Terror, Organization of Afro-American Unity, Gamal Abdal Nasser, Civil Rights Movement, Black radicalism, Muslim Third World

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