Of the countless speeches that Louis Farrakhan has delivered down the years and that are to be found on CD, DVD, MP3, vinyl, cassette and VHS tapes the world over, there is one speech that is conspicuous by its absence, one sermon that is missing from the anthology. And that is the address that Farrakhan delivered at Newark Mosque #25 on 21st February 1965 - the day when assassins from that same temple made their way into Manhattan to murder Malcolm X. That is one speech that Farrakhan has never made available to the public or about whose content he has ever spoken. And that can only be because he has something to hide.
A recording or transcript of this sermon would be useful in gauging the degree to which its theological content and rhetorical character mirrored that of his infamous 4th December 1964 ‘worthy of death’ diatribe in the Muhammad Speaks newspaper.
More importantly the Newark speech, were it to contain statements that in any way hinted at or ‘teased’ the events that would later unfold at the Audubon, would be vital in ascertaining the extent to which Farrakhan had prior knowledge of Malcolm’s assassination and may have been complicit in the crime.
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Paul Bitakaramire is a freelance writer based in England who has previously been published in Britain’s Spectator magazine and has launched a petition to reopen the investigation into the Malcolm X assassination. That petition can be found here.