Once upon a time there were two Black men who were considered our "leaders." Martin Luther King, Jr., was a soft-spoken, but eloquent Baptist preacher who spoke of the content of our character meaning more than the color of our skin. Malcolm X was the fiery acolyte of Elijah Muhammad who thundered about the wickedness of the White Man and "the bullet or the ballot."
Martin and Malcolm had little in common with each other except neither of them ever enjoyed the universal support of the people they purported to lead. The true stress test of leadership is does their stature diminish or grow over the passage of time. On that score, Martin and Malcolm have established themselves as two sides of the same coin and though their tactics couldn't have been more different, they both wanted the same objective: freedom for Black people.
Once you've seen the real thing in action, how the hell are you going to settle for the clown act of Tavis Smiley and Al Sharpton? That's like trading in Miles Davis for 'Lil Wayne.