Civil Right Diary

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Civil Rights Moments Diary

Antonette Brown

HIS/145

March 21st,2012

Amy Champ

February 21, 1965

Dear Diary,

This afternoon I went to the Audubon Ballroom to hear the great Malcolm X speak.

When I got to the ballroom things was different there was protesters or police. Any other time

Malcolm X meeting in the heart of Harlem had police everywhere. As usual I was with my

boyfriend who followed every step of Malcolm, he believed that things needed to change and

Malcolm stood for that and he’s what this country needed. Hand and hand we walk into the

meeting room, and again I didn’t see any more police. We went to take our seats next a woman

and her son who I think was no older than 7. As I sat down I glanced over to where I normally

sat and saw a big black man with a navy blue trench coat. I took my focus off the man when the

crowd became quiet and listened to Benjamin X introduce Malcolm X. When Malcolm walked

up to the microphone he gave the normal Muslim greeting for peace. Right at that moment two

black Muslims who I’ve seen before were standing about halfway back in the room to the right

of the stage where Malcolm was standing. Get your hands out of your pocket! One of the me

yelled. Malcolm and others was trying to get everyone to calm down specially the women and

children who start crying. The little boy who was sitting next to me with his mother had his head

buried in his mother’s dress. Sunny (boyfriend) stood in front of me telling me to stay back and

don’t move. Suddenly I heard gunshots everyone including myself drop to the floor in fear of

being hit. I had no clue what was happening who was shooting why they was they shooting and

if anyone had been hurt. I grabbed onto Sunny holding him tight with tears running down my

eyes in fear. I’ve been thru many things in my 19 years of living, but this experience had me

shaking up. “It’s okay baby, momma is here.”...
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