“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country.”

 Malcolm X 19 February 1965 Gone now forty-seven years, RIP

Two days after making the above comment, Malcolm was shot down by assassins from the Nation of Islam. In this he anticipated Dr. King, who asserted, “I may not get there with you” on the evening before he was shot dead in Memphis, TN. How much better would America be today, if John, Malcolm, Martin and Bobby had lived to lead us that much closer to the Promised Land?

“This is a time for martyrs now.”

This is a time for courage too.

A time for some way, somehow,

To stand and fight for the right and true

If martyrdom should come our way

Let us be ready and unafraid

And show the world upon that day

We honor the choices that we have made.

But let us not risk our lives for anything base

If we must forfeit our own life

To save this country let’s make the case.

Let’s do so for an end to strife.

The cause of brotherhood is the only thing

That can turn aside the tides of hate

And finally let freedom ring

From sea to sea and state to state

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. Thank you Larry for paying homage to a Great American Warrior who fought and died for (US) all. Equality, Justice, Patience and Choice are great attributes that Malcolm X taught us and the true warriors and martyrs are the ones that follow suit without prejudice or fear but with the undying reality that “Freedom” is a Natural Human Right..(simply). and for the Real Americans nothing will or could ever stand in the way. Malcolm believed that.

    Wonderful poem Brother.

    • LarryConley (Author)


      It was my honor to do so.

      Unlike many pale Americans, I was in Malcolm’s corner well before his tragic death. He made the pilgrimage and came back a true champion of human rights.

      Even before that a lot that he was saying white bigots routinely said far worse and acted on their hate speech without provocation.

      As I mentioned before, I bought the whole American tale as a lad. To me, equal meant equal and liberty and justice for all meant precisely that. What a better country ours would be if John, Malcolm, Martin and Bobby were not taken from us far too suddenly and far too soon.

      Thank you again my Sister!

      Check out Sweet Waters Run Deep if you have not.

    • LarryConley (Author)

      By the way, I am in all black.

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