Black in America

Taqwaa Saleem
Taqwaa Saleem

The Savannah Tribune announces the fourth in a series of articles written by guest columnist Taqwaa Falaq Saleem. Taqwaa is a 2008 honor graduate with the B.A. in English Language and Literature from Savannah State University where she was also awarded the coveted President’s Second Mile Award at the commencement ceremonies. She is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at Georgia Southern University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

I had the pleasure to rewatch the Malcolm X movie recently and renewed my respect for one of the most renowned thinkers of our time.

The film shows El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X, at his arguable greatest when he made his pilgrimage to Mecca. While away from the life he was accustomed to, a life of speeches, strategizing, meeting, studying, and researching, his mind opened and his thoughts cleared.

While fulfilling one of his faith’s life requests, the human rights activist was able to find a greater peace and purpose within himself to be of increased service to mankind.

Decades after his assassination, Malcolm X still serves as an example of the power of discipline and independent thinking.

Being Black in America is to know when to take the time we need to rejuvenate our minds and renew our purpose.

We are not on this earth to merely spend time and fill space. We are all here to fulfill a purpose, big or small.

Some are purposed for certain career paths and others are meant to work exclusively in charity and service to others.

While it seems easy to become restless, we must hold tight to discipline and maintain the mindset that new opportunities are around every turn and we owe it to ourselves and humanity to run on and see what the end will be.

We must heed the example created by leaders like Malcolm X and not become concerned with what others say as we press towards the mark of our personal goals.

The path that works for another may not work for you but as long as you both move forward, success and enlightenment will come.

Just as Malcolm X said, “the future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Being Black in America is to pay attention to the whispers of our instincts that drive our purpose and actions.

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

-Malcolm X

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