As the East Bay Express reported in 2002, Yuri met Malcolm X that October while she was being arraigned at a Brooklyn courthouse, taking the opportunity to shake his hand — but also to challenge him.

“I admire what you’re doing,” she told him. “But I disagree with some of your thoughts.”

“And what don’t you agree with?” Malcolm replied.

“Your harsh stand on integration,” she said.

But rather than sour their acquaintance, the encounter served as the starting point to a friendship that blossomed after Malcolm left the Nation of Islam and formed the Organization for Afro-American Unity, which she joined.

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