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AFRICANGLOBE - Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless. Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children. This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous. “We took out all the radicality of their legacy,” says Raoul Peck, director of “I Am Not Your Negro.”
AFRICANGLOBE - Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso, known as "the African Che", became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his spirit and his altruism. With a gun in one hand and Karl Marx's works in the other, Sankara became president at the age of 34 and served from 1983 to 1987.