The Erickson Kiva at Michigan State University

A classroom space at Michigan State University where Malcolm gave a public lecture on January 23rd, 1963 (full speech available in the MSU library through the Vincent Voice Library).

The Erickson Kiva is located near the center of campus of Michigan State University. Malcolm X was invited by the university’s NAACP chapter and the African Students Association and gave his speech “The Race Problem in America” on January 23rd, 1963.

This speech is highlighted by Malcolm’s description of the “Modern Uncle Tom Negro” and “Field Negro” as well as discrediting the nations mainstream civil rights groups. He stated that separation of blacks and whites rather than integration was the answer to the rampant race problem in the country. Malcolm stated on multiple occasions, including this speech at MSU, that separation would bring prosperity and eventually unity for black people in America. His criticism toward MLK Jr. and other prominent civil rights leaders (The Big Six) came at a perfect time. The SCLC, or Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led by Dr. King had just endured a defeat of sorts in Albany, Georgia. Their use of non-violence and civil disobedience had not worked like it did in Montgomery. Malcolm made sure to point this out in his speech here at the Erickson Kiva.   
    
At this time, Malcolm was still a prominent member of the Nation of Islam and was continuously spreading the ideals and recruiting for the Nation (Malcolm X, Autobiography). This venue gave Malcolm the perfect opportunity to seize the attention and imagination of a fairly impressionable crowd of mostly college students, and seize he did.

His daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, gave a talk to an overflowing crowd in October of 2017 in the Kiva as well.  She was invited by the Michigan Humanities Council to promote her book, X: A Novel, a fictionalized account of her father growing up in and being influenced by the Lansing area.

Malcolm X's FBI file (available for download)

If you would like to listen to this speech, click the link below:
Malcolm X Speech at MSU.

His daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, gave a talk to an overflowing crowd in October of 2017 in the Kiva as well. She was invited by the Michigan Humanities Council to promote her book, X: A Novel, a fictionalized account of her father growing up in and being influenced by the Lansing area.

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Erickson Hall 620 Farm Lane East Lansing, MI 48824