Malcolm X postcards to Cleveland woman sell for $56K

A statue of Malcom X. stands in the room he was murdered at, the Audobon Ballroom in Harlem, New York, US, 12 February 2015. 50 years ago, on 21st February, Malcom X was shot. Until today it's not clear who was responsible for the crime. Photo by: Chris Melzer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — A set of 16 postcards from civil-rights activist Malcolm X to a woman in Cleveland has been sold at auction.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions says the handwritten cards from 1957, 1958 and 1964 went for $56,426.25 in Los Angeles last week.

The cards were written to Gloria Owens. She was the sister of Maceo X Owens, secretary at a Muhammad’s Temple of Islam in New York where Malcolm X preached alongside Louis Farrakhan.

The postcards feature landmarks and depictions of African-American life from Malcolm X’s travels in the U.S. and abroad. That included images that denigrated or stereotyped blacks. Sometimes he sent racist cartoons.

One note read: “Since I’ve seen what a mess can be made of things by narrow-minded people, I’m still traveling, trying to broaden my scope”.

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