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In 1964, Malcolm X made his final trip to Africa, taking part in a speaking tour across a myriad of African countries. His presence was so magnetic that numerous African leaders requested that he work in their governments, rather than return to the United States. While in Nigeria, a group of students from the University of Ibadan bestowed the honorary name Omowale on Malcolm X. Omowale means “the son who has come home”. In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he called this one of the greatest honors of his life.
It was in Nigeria that Malcolm X sent this postcard back to the United States. Addressed to a “Miss Gloria Owens”, the letter reads “Greetings from beautiful Nigeria here in West Africa”. Malcolm X signed his name below the text in blue pen. The postcard also features three commemorative “Nigeria Olympics 1964” stamps. The front of this postcard is a color photograph of a traditionally dressed Nigerian man speaking into a microphone. This item comes with a LOA from University Archives.
1964 Malcolm X Signed Letter (University Archives LOA)
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