Mr. & Mrs. THC / Mr. X - The Big Thinker : The Cannabis Peddler & The Iconic Civil Rights Activist

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The Big Thinker's Autobiography has 45 mentions of the word #Reefer / Reefers, he even detailed how he sold #Weed on the road and documented in his book the revelation that "Nobody had ever heard of a traveling reefer peddler." In his Autobiography, he wrote he enjoyed smoking #Marijuana and jitterbugging in Zoot suits and being taken to:

"groovy, frantic scenes in different chicks’ and cats’ pads, where with the lights and juke down mellow, everybody blew gage and juiced back and jumped. I met chicks who were as fine as May wine, and cats who were hip to all happenings."

The Big Thinker, who was one of the largest and most influential African American personalities in history, wrote that his reefers keeping him sky-high.


The Big Thinker / Malcolm X ( May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965)

  • On May 19, 1925, at the University Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little was born, who would become, in a few years, the charismatic and controversial Malcolm X. To his admirers he was a brave advocate for the rights of blacks, but his opponents accused him of preaching racism and violence.

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  • In 1946, at the age of 20, he went to prison, and during his detention, Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952, he quickly became one of the Leaders of The Movement.
  • In 1964, his Conflict with the Nation of Islam got start, and he was repeatedly sent death threats. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X Was Assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam.

  • He was honored with Malcolm X Day, which commemorates him in various cities and countries worldwide. Hundreds of streets and schools in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.

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Malcolm X & Cannabis

  • The first time he tried Reefers was mixed up in the hazy memories of the Negro dances at the Roseland Ballroom, shooting craps, playing cards, and betting. He wrote in his autobiography:
With alcohol or marijuana lightening my head, and that wild music wailing away on those portable record players, it didn't take long to loosen up the dancing instincts in my African heritage.


  • While trying to earn a living, he got involved in selling cannabis, often to musicians who were the heaviest consistent market for reefers, as in every band, at least half of the musicians smoked reefers. "I’m not going to list names…In one case, every man in one of the bands which is still famous was on marijuana." Malcolm X concluded!

  • Malcolm X was soon making $50-$60 a day, but he didn’t sell and run, because his customers were his friends. Often he’d smoke along with them. None of them stayed any more high than he did! Although he was making good money, he soon caught the attention of local narcotics Squad Detectives. They began to harass him, frisking and searching him, despite his quick-thinking tactics.

  • He would often discreetly carry Marijuana rolled into Sticks or Joints, and drop them inconspicuously if he thought he was being followed. The cops continued to follow him, searching his apartment without warning and forcing him to switch up his territory to avoid the narcotics force.

  • In 1946 he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 10 years (he served 7). In prison he spent much of his time high on Nutmeg or Reefer until his family got him placed in an experimental prison where he read up on history and was introduced to Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.



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Malcom X happens to be one of my role model, he also reminds me of the Nigerian Fela Kuti. We can see that he was all about his movement and a strong force against racism. Despite his use of marijuana, it is clearly shown that he was active and passionate about his course. His legacy lives on!

Great work @LordofTruth!

Do you think there are any modern day equivalent thought leaders today? Perhaps not on the same topic though. Imagine if podcasts had existed back when he was about? 🤔


Actually, there are and many even. But the thing is that public speaking has become much more narrow in reach nowadays due to everything being conference/seminar based.

TED and TEDx are the ones which have largest reach due to uploading everything publicly, but that’s only one fragment of what we get to hear of those thought leaders. The rest is in conference circles. And by reading their books. Some still have opinion columns but they often stick to their medium — or end up in the thinktanks scene.

For prolific thinkers with less platforms it was much easier to achieve a broader reach. Also because less were covered in the media. So they would exponentially expand their reach. Something which often also seems to improve their delivery, the scope and strength of it.

Much harder nowadays, with 357 gazillion “topic authorities” for every topic, to reach that top of the pyramid where they benefit that exponential exposure level. Good luck for any speaker to gather a crowd of 20,000 each time. And when it comes to politics, many just ain’t interested anymore and it’s even harder.

Addendum: Since I originally wrote this comment reply I’ve been wondering “Do you think somebody like Tim Ferris (or Simon Sinek) would have profiled themselves more politically if they had to work with the platforms available 50 years ago?”

Do you think there are any modern day equivalent thought leaders today?

We have leaders today, to have modern day equivalent !!! I do not think so.. Maybe I am wrong as I am not historian, I am engineer, below is my POV:

  • I believe there no modern day equivalent to Malcolm X Day ( That is celebrated his birthday on May 19)!

  • The only one that I know is Martin Luther King Day ( That marking his birthday around January 15)!

  • The strange thing that both of them were born in the 1920s, sons of politically active preacher fathers.

  • They had very different approaches to the Civil Rights Movement.

  • They met only once in Washington, on March 26, 1964, before Malcolm X's death, ending any possibility of a permanent thaw between two of America’s most influential black leaders.

  • Both of them are real leaders that we must celebrate forever , but to to be honest I like more the Stoner one MR.X- Malcolm X !

I hope the US can overcome issues that seem to be rising up from the past; how people can hate each other over race or where they're from is beyond me.


I hope also the same, but I do not think, US can overcome this issues! / The reason why in near future, I will write about this issues in my series Rasism & THC / Thanks for continued support.

Welcome back. I hope your holiday was good. Malcom X is a fascinating person with a fascinating personality. I remeber hearing about him for the first time on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But I didn't know he smoked. Or sold for that manner.