Columbia leader to Malcolm X: ‘You’d better leave.’


Here’s video of Anthony Hurley — one of the co-counders of the Columbia Urban League — talking about his encounter with Malcolm X long ago.

Warren Bolton’s column today tells of this exchange, so I thought I’d provide this clip as a supplement.

The Urban League, of course, has stood for a very different approach to race relations than that which Malcolm X embodied before his hajj. It’s always been about working with people to effect positive change, rather than destructive confrontation.

That’s one reason why I was proud to serve on the board of the Columbia Urban League for a decade, and why I will be happy to help the organization celebrate its 40th anniversary at its annual Equal Opportunity Day dinner tonight.