Set on a path to discover a way out of this situation, the individuals associated with the organizations above interacted with a newly liberated from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X (note that behind Malcolm in the picture below is an outline of the structure for GOAL). Evidently, Malcolm had attempted to radicalize the people associated with what would become GOAL but they were not quite ready. Accordingly, Malcolm moved on to try and create other organizations and by the time the group came to see that Malcolm had a point, he was dead (assassinated). Paying tribute to their mentor and acknowledging the missed opportunity they called their new group "The Malcolm X Society". Taken from my book How Social Movements Die:
(The Society) was a small semi-underground organization composed of individuals in Detroit and a few other cities around the US (Obadele 1970: 152).
The approach advocated by this group was simple. As conceived, the Malcolmites would work within the governmental framework and state structure of the United States, winning black people, first in Mississippi (a place with a large number of African Americans), to the cause of independent land and power, follow(ing) this with election victories (the Sheriff’s offices, particularly) within the US federal system and, finally, take the black state out of the US federal union at the moment when white power could no longer be successfully resisted or neutralized in its efforts to prevent the creation of a new society in the black state (Obadele 1968, 1).
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