A signed letter from Malcolm X to a Nation of Islam member is set to cross the block at RR Auction with a minimum bid of $2,500.
It dates to 1950, a pivotal time in the life of the legendary civil rights activist.
The letter was sent from Charlestown State Prison, were he served time for burglary between 1946 and 1952.
When he entered the system he was still known as Malcolm Little, but by 1948 he had converted to Islam and changed his name to Malcolm X.
It reads in part: "Black is the Most Perfect and Highest Form of All unmeasurable essences. Every where the devil has gone to 'discover new lands' he always finds the Native (Black). We are the Beginning and the Ending of all Existence…
"No wonder we do some of the things we do…no wonder we drink, dope and all sorts of things to soothe our soul…
"There are many that I really should write to…so I ask you the ones who are for the Truth...my whole life at present, is lived within the letters I write and receive…for the beautiful words from my beloved Brothers and Sisters create an atmosphere for me that no devil can destroy."
He signs off with: "As Salaam Alaikum, your Brother, Malcolm X."
This letter is among the first examples to display his chosen name and is thus of strong historical importance.
It auctions on January 22.
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