To the late great Freedom Fighter Yuri Kochiyama, salute!

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Moorbey'z Blog

by The People’s Minister of Information JR

Yuri Kochiyama cradles the head of her assassinated comrade, Malcolm X, in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. – Photo: LIFE Magazine

The legendary photos of Malcolm X aka El Hajj Malik el Shabazz with his shirt ripped open after being shot a number of times at the Audubon Ballroom will forever be etched in the pages of American history. In one photo, a Japanese woman holds the head of one of Black people’s greatest leaders, as his spirit left his body.

This woman was a friend and comrade of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz; her name is Yuri Kochiyama. Beyond this legendary friendship, she lived an extraordinary life that was intertwined with the Black human rights struggle and the Black Power Movement.

She survived Japanese internment – or concentration – camps during World War II in San Francisco, she was a comrade of our beloved brother Malcolm, she was a trusted bridge between the Asian and Black communities and she was a champion…

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