On this day in history, a great man was born. Many folks see Malcolm X as the direct opposite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but in all actuality, the two wanted the same thing but had different methods of achieving victory. Neither advocated violence but both believed in self-preservation. Malcolm X has gone down in mainstream American history as the angry black leader with the type of leader Americans should fear, while King is revered but let me say this: one would not be successful without the other and both knew this. They worked together. They offered one another support. And, though neither lived to see their dreams unfold, both played a very prominent role in bringing us the America we see today. So, if you haven’t yet, do some reading on Brother Malcolm. You might find another historic hero to place upon a pedestal. Happy birthday king.
(What does this have to do with professional development? I’m glad you asked. Before searching the web for Malcolm X, look up Malcolm Little. You’ll see how much one can change if he truly cares about the changes he makes.)