CLEVELAND — A set of 16 postcards from civil rights activist Malcolm X to a woman in Cleveland has been sold at auction for more than $56,000.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions says the handwritten cards from 1957, 1958 and 1964 went for $56,426.25 in Los Angeles last week.
The cards were written to Gloria Owens. She was the sister of Maceo X Owens, secretary at a Muhammad’s Temple of Islam in New York where Malcolm X preached alongside Louis Farrakhan.
The postcards feature landmarks and depictions of African-American life from Malcolm X’s U.S. and global travels. That included images that denigrated or stereotyped blacks. Sometimes he sent racist cartoons.
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2. Great performance from @willowsmith who during her set brought out her dad and @djjazzyjeff who performed "Summertime" #rootspicnic
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3. The Queen of the Smith tribe
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4. the legendary @blackthought he is currently doing all those promos for the NBA Finals which are pretty cool.
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5. Little Willow Smith putting it down on stage with Will Smith. #lit #summertime #rootspicnic2016 #rootspicnic #epicness
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6. The dog @dmx has always been a man of the people
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8. Legendary @djdnice who helped put together Usher's show with the Roots #rootspicnic
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