Ossie Davis: On Malcolm X In the Introduction, M. S. Handler mentions the black writers and artists who were drawn to Malcolm X. Ossie Davis, a well-known black writer, actor, and director, was one of these. He delivered the eulogy at Malcolm's funeral, and this essay was written to explain his reason for doing so. Davis points out that it is significant that no black has ever asked him that question; only the whites fail to understand. The major emphasis in Davis's portrait concerns Malcolm's being a symbol of black manhood. Malcolm was the one Afro-American who was not afraid to tell the white man exactly what a black man was thinking. Most blacks, says Davis — himself included — are afraid to unleash their true feelings. They lie to the white man, mainly to avoid criticism. Malcolm would not lie, and he devoted
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