Rare Footage of Malcolm X Showing His Humorous Side on British TV

From the way most of us are taught history, you’d be surprised to learn Malcolm X—El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at the time this interview was conducted in late 1964—ever smiled. The juxtaposition of his evolving black nationalism with MLK-style integration rightly depicts his politics as more antagonistic but less accurately suggests humorlessness. Fortunately, that’s where YouTube comes in. While calmly fielding questions about the threat of a massive black uprising from an interviewer, Malcolm is all smiles, accompanying his quick responses with bits of humor that almost go unnoticed. A great interview for the personality as much as the history.

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