ALS signed “As Salaam Alaikum, your Brother, Malcolm X,” three pages both sides, 8.5 x 11, March 9, 1950. A letter to a fellow member of the Nation of Islam, written while serving time in Norfolk, Massachusetts, after being convicted of larceny and breaking and entering. In part (spelling and grammar retained): “Enslaved by lies and fairy tales concocted and perpetuated by the devils…we fell in ‘love’ with these myths…kept their by unseen chains…but today the Almighty God, Allah, is Teaching His Children this Blessed Truth of Islam…and…driving the darkness from our minds…cleansing our polluted souls…and strengthening our weak hearts. Yes, we have always been, are, and will always be the foundation of worlds…for Black is the Most Perfect and Highest Form of All unmeasurable essences. Every where the devil has gone to ‘discover new lands’ he always finds the Native (Black). We are the Beginning and the Ending of all Existence. They say the Sun is the Center of the Universe…well, we are the Sun…tropical climate, heat, and vegatation is where ever the Black People are…they don’t follow it, it follows them. We have been in darkness so very long…stumbling blindly along…wondering why this…and why that…knowing something was wrong…but not knowing what…No wonder we do some of the things we do…no wonder we drink, dope and all sorts of things to soothe our soul…no wonder we so continuously have sought the lures of night life to create some sort of peace within ourselves…no wonder we have so longingly turned so often to music for its comforting effects. Music, Brother, is ours…it is us…and like us it is always here… surrounding us…like the infinite particles that make up Life, it cannot be seen…but can only be felt…Like Life!!! No, it is not created…but like the never-dying Soul…eternally permeats the atmosphere with its Presence…ever-waiting for its Master…the Lordly Musician…the Wielder of Souls…to come and give it a Temple…mould it into a Song. Music without the Musician is like Life without Allah…both being in need of the house…a home…The Temple…the Complete Song and its Creator. Sonny & Milt Jackson played together up in Flint, Mich. In ’45 just after Sonny left ‘B.’ All of them know me well, but few know me under my own name. Is ‘B’ a Muslim? I heard Dig was. Please tell me the fellows who are. There are many who belong to the Ahmadiyya Movement, but I want to know how many and which ones that are in show Biz belong to ours, under Mr. Elijah Mohammed. Do you know Al ‘Soul’ Hayse, from Detroit; Hamp’s former trombonist? He was my ace. There were many that were tight with me, but that life has been so far from my mind these past two years, many I’ve forgotten. My ace girl was Dina Washington. She’s still the greatest.
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