Button, "Black Liberation Malcolm X," 1968

Summary

Malcolm X was an articulate and charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, a movement that combined elements of Islam with black nationalism. He championed a radical, more assertive concept of racial pride than Martin Luther King Jr., whose creed of non-violent action had defined the Civil Rights era. Malcolm X’s doctrines laid the intellectual foundation for the Black Power Movement.

Malcolm X was an articulate and charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, a movement that combined elements of Islam with black nationalism. He championed a radical, more assertive concept of racial pride than Martin Luther King Jr., whose creed of non-violent action had defined the Civil Rights era. Malcolm X’s doctrines laid the intellectual foundation for the Black Power Movement.

Artifact

Button (Information artifact)

Date Made

1968

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2004.84.61

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Donated by Laura A. Young in Memory of Kathryn Emerson-Buntin.

Material

Metal
Paper (Fiber product)
Celluloid (Cellulosic)

Color

Orange (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.75 in

Depth: .188 in

Inscriptions

button front, middle right: BLACK / LIBERATION button front, lower center: MALCOLM / X

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