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From Nigeria, he flew to Accra, Ghana, which boasted a small, vocal colony of black American expatriates that included Shirley Graham DuBois, W.E.B. DuBois’s widow, and authors Maya Angelou and Julian Mayfield. Banding together into an ad hoc “Malcolm X Committee”, they persuaded the Ghanaian authorities to give Malcolm a resounding welcome. The local press, which paid his hotel expenses despite his declared objections, turned out in force… Malcolm spoke at the University of Ghana. During the question-and-answer session following his address, a student rose and said, “Mr Malcolm X, what I don’t understand is why you call yourself black. You look more like a white man than a Negro.” Malcolm opened his mouth wide and emitted a long, loud laugh before acknowledging that he had been called “Red” when he was young.

Bruce Perry, “Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America”.

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