This is to warn you that I am no longer held in check from fighting white supremacists by Elijah Muhammad’s separatist Black Muslim movement, and that if your present racist agitation against our people there in Alabama causes physical harm to Reverend King or any other black Americans who are only attempting to enjoy their rights as free human beings, that you and your Ku Klux Klan friends will be met with maximum physical retaliation from those of us who are not handcuffed by the disarming philosophy of nonviolence, and who believe in asserting our right of self-defense - by any means necessary.

That was a telegram Malcolm X sent to Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party, after he saw a racist knock down Reverend Martin Luther King on a television news broadcast.

Read aloud during a Organization of Afro-American Unity public rally in Harlem, January 24, 1965

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