By: Lorel Durant and Alex Oates
Abdullah H. Razzaq Malcolm X’s top aide, formerly known as James Warden or James 67X returned to his alma matter Lincoln University Monday for a two day visit.
Students and faculty were invited to the forum toask questions and listen to his historical experences.
On March 8 Doctor Melvin Leaman of the Philosophy and Religion Department held a forum for Razzaq offering background information of his past experiences with Malcolm X, Lincoln University, and his religious beliefs.
On March 9th Doctor Zizwe Poe held another forum entitled “Brothers Perspectives on Malcolm X”. Poe questioned Razzaq on the mood of the community after Malcolm’s assassination and Razzaq also mentioned white supremacy in American culture.
“He was a very inspiring man and in good health. He was extremely articulate and has the same leadership skills he possessed in the past today,” stated by Jabari Jefferson, a freshman fine arts major.
Razzaq was born in Brooklyn, New York with the birth name James Monroe King Warden and was raised by a Marxist father and non-religious mother. Before he attended Lincoln University, he was drafted into the army for two years of service and during that period of time was stationed in Japan.
After the army, Razzaq attended college at City College in Harlem New York when he was given a scholarship and encouraged to attend Lincoln University of Pennsylvania by Reverend James Robinson who also is Lincoln alumni.
“Lincoln was the greatest time of my life. I thrived and teachers were always accessible,” stated Abdullah Razzaq.
He graduated from Lincoln University in 1958 with a major in English. Razzaq decided to join the Nation of Islam at the 7th Mosque in Harlem, New York.
Razzaq then known as James 67X moved through the ranks and became an aide to the minister Malcolm X. Razzaq became a Lieutenant in Fruit of Islam, which was an organization that focused on teaching Islamic men how to play their sacred part in the Islamic faith. “Being in that position I was directly responsible to Malcolm.
“Brother Malcolm saw something in me, and what he saw was the ability to get things done,” said razzaq.”
Razzaq also discussed his part in the iconic photo of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X shaking hands. “We were sitting down and Malcolm was standing at a press conference. When he finished (Martin Luther King) had to walk past us to leave and Malcolm said I sure would like to shake his hand. This gave me a split second to react,” said Razzaq.
“You’re looking at the man who simultaneously joined the hands of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. No one can ever say that.”