Radio broadcast of an interview with Malcolm X, 1962


X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 (Interviewee)
Elman, Richard M. (Interviewer)
WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.) (Broadcaster)
Radio broadcast of an interview with Malcolm X, 1962
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Malcolm X, 1962
Malcolm X discusses the events leading up to a violent assault on Nation of Islam Temple No. 27 by Los Angeles Police Department officers on the night of April 27, 1962, during which seven Muslims were shot and one man, Ronald Stokes, was killed. He describes how a dispute stemming from police harassment of Muslim men removing dry cleaning from a car quickly led to a retaliatory raid on the mosque by the LAPD. Malcolm X goes on to detail how unarmed members of the mosque were indiscriminately beaten and shot by police, arrested and held without medical treatment, and subjected to taunting and racial epithets from officers. He concludes by sharing his views on how Muslims should respond to police violence and his thoughts on seeking justice for the incident
Collection Name
WBAI radio station project
African American civil rights workers; Black Muslims; Police brutality--United States; Los Angeles (Calif.) Race relations; X, Malcolm, 1925-1965; Stokes, Ronald; Nation of Islam (Chicago, Ill.)
oral histories; sound recordings
Physical Description
sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
Civil rights activist
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit.
Interviewed by Richard Elman on WBAI Radio in May 1962
Note (Provenance)
WBAI Radio, Gift circa 1977
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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