March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hughes Library
25 Heritage Green Pl. Greenville


Cynthia King, PhD is the chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Furman University. She received her BA and MA in Communication at Auburn University and earned her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. King teaches in the areas of strategic public discourse, public speaking, U.S. Public Address, African American rhetoric, and media studies. Her current research explores the rhetoric of African American political thought.

The Malcolm X Talk is a part of Upstate International Month promoting our rich cultural diversity, heritage, and global connections through a variety of internationally themed events. Upstate International Month is produced by Upstate International in collaboration with their community partners.

Malcolm X blasted the American black liberation movement into global context by actively connecting it to African, Asian, and Latin American revolutionary mobilizations. He brought the movement into a worldview― the struggle for human rights. His ingenuity forged global awareness of the Civil Rights Struggle and catapulted the debate onto the world stage.

During the last year of his life, Malcolm X spent five months in Africa and the Middle East, and almost another month in Europe. In Africa, he built powerful relationships with anti-colonial resistance leaders and the presidents of new nations emerging from colonialism. In the Middle East, presidents and kings recognized Malcolm as the emerging leader of Islam in the United States, and gave him lavish support. In Europe, Malcolm X built relationships with the younger generations of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern leaders who were preparing for their future leadership roles through their studies at Oxford and other elite universities.

“The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba — yes Cuba too.” ― Malcolm X

“One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.” ― Malcolm X