"Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired"- Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X Speak at Williams Institutional CME Church in Harlem, 1964
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer-Click on the link below for more information or to purchase this book
This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer--Click on the link below for more information or to purchase this book
Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements-Click on the link below for more information or to purchase this book
The Autobiography of Malcolm X-Click on the link below for more information or to purchase this book
Backstory and Context
"And you can always hear this long sob story," Hamer said, "'You know it takes time.' For three hundred years, we've given them time. And I've been tired so long, now I am sick and tired of being sick and tired, and we want a change. We want a change in this society in America because, you see, we can no longer ignore the facts and getting our children to sing, "Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed." What do we have to hail here? The truth is the only thing going to free us. And you know this whole society is sick."
Malcolm X followed, connecting the Black Freedom Struggle in America to the Mau Mau Revolution and the radical and often violent methods they used to end colonialism in Kenya. "In my opinion," Malcolm X exclaimed, "not only in Mississippi and Alabama, but right here in New York City, you and I can best learn how to get real freedom by studying how Kenyatta brought it to his people in Kenya, and how Odinga helped him, and the excellent job that was done by the Mau Mau freedom fighters. In fact, that's what we need in Mississippi. In Mississippi we need a Mau Mau. In Alabama we need a Mau Mau. In Georgia we need a Mau Mau. Right here in Harlem, in New York City, we need a Mau Mau."