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Obama & Malcolm

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Submitted by Dean_M (United States), Feb 21, 2015 at 19:49

In his book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, Obama lists Malcolm X as a kind of spiritual model whose "call" he, himself, is following. Also, it should be pointed out that Iran was the first country to recognize Malcolm X with a postage stamp in his honor. The late Manning Marable, discussing his recent biography of Malcolm X (Marable died just as his book was being published) said Malcolm was inspired by Hussein, the martyr founder of Shia Islam. He had a premonition of his own end, said Marable, as following the path of Hussein.

Does Obama's favorable attitude towards Iran go back to this--Malcolm X and Iran's early recogniton of Malcolm and Obama wishing to follow "Malcolm's call" as he states in DREAMS?

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Correct. The Iranian stamp (which can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesRecord/posts/465388693531505) came out in 1984 and the American one in 1999. The Iranian one was issued on the country's "Universal Day of Struggle against Race Discrimination."

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