Remarks by the Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the UN, at the homage to the Leader Malcolm X, in the 52nd anniversary of his assassination

Dear friends from Harlem,

I would like to convey to you the greeting and warm hug from our Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez,who could not join us here as she is fulfilling an important mission at this moment.

Likewise, I bring with me the greetings from the diplomats and staff of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations. As a member of that group, allow me to express, on their behalf, our deep appreciation for the tribute to the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro that you organized just a few days ago. The heartfelt demonstrations of solidarity to the Cuban Revolution expressed by those who attended that event still vibrate in our hearts.

Today that place, the “Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz” Memorial is a symbol for the Harlem community, for this city and for this country, and thanks to your efforts and perseverance it has become a monument to the memory of Leader Malcolm X.

Dear friends,

Malcolm X was one of the most notable political and revolutionary personalities of the 20th century not only in the United States, as his struggle and ideas turned him into a world leader.

The way he developed his political thinking, particularly during the last years of his life, is very remarkable. That radicalization led him to understand that the popular Revolution that had succeeded in the small neighboring island in 1959 also represented the ideals he was fighting for.

It was within that context when that historic meeting between Malcolm and Fidel took place. This became a genuine expression of political solidarity of the African-American people to the Cuban people.

The meeting of the two leaders had a historic significance as well. It went beyond the borders of Cuba and the United States. That embrace of solidarity also showed that Fidel and Malcolm shared the same dreams and aspirations for the independence of other oppressed peoples worldwide, particularly in Africa.

Let us recall that the same year of his murder in 1965 –in April 1965- Commander Ernesto Che Guevara departed to African lands with a contingent of Cuban soldierswilling to give their own lives for the liberation of those peoples. The spirit of Malcolm was also there together with those first Cuban and African combatants.

History repeated itself a decade later, when tens of thousands of Cuban voluntary combatants heeded the call of their African brothers and, for 15 years of struggle, they were able to change the course of Africa´s history. Malcolm was also there, in the front line of combat in the battles to preserve the independence of Angola, achieve the Independence of Namibia and banish forever the infamous apartheid regime. He was there because he was a forerunner and pioneer of internationalism.

Dear brothers,

In today´s world, where so much injustice prevails, where racist and xenophobic attitudes have re-emerged with unusual strength, were inequalities are exacerbated, where an unjust economic order is fostered and where the intention is to impose on our peoples the philosophy of war, the ideas of Malcolm retain their full validity.

It is our duty to keep his legacy alive, as it conveys a truly important message for present and future generations on the need to preserve the values of equality, social justice, independence, solidarity and internationalism; and similarly, on the need to defend our identity and our cultural and historical heritage.

Therefore, our best tribute to Malcolm can be no other than to continue fighting inspired by his example.

Our best tribute to Malcolm can be no other than to continue defending our Socialism in Cuba and fighting against the blockade.

Our best tribute to Malcolm can be no other than to keep in our hearts an everlasting gratitude to the people ofHarlem.

Long live the friendship between the Cuban and American peoples!

Long live Malcolm X!

Patria o Muerte, ¡Venceremos!