Well, I had no idea:
King met Malcolm X several times in private, although most accounts cite a sole meeting between the two at the United Nations, he said.
King and Malcolm X informally met at a the home of a friend â€” actor and playwright Ossie Davis and his wife, Ruby Dee â€” about seven to 10 times, Willis said. They would arrive without an entourage or bodyguards, and would talk about everything from politics to food, he said. Sometimes, they were joined by author James Baldwin; movie stars Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman and Marlon Brando; and musician Harry Belafonte, all supporters of the civil-rights movement, he said.
Willis met Dee, who told him they would meet and talk about topics from great books to what their children were going through.
“The two of them would get together and have great conversations about everything. It was great to get that detail,” Willis said to the students. “I had it from Ruby’s lips to my ears, and now I’m telling you.”
But both men also knew they were marked for death, he said.
“Malcolm said (to King), “If they kill you, they can’t let me live,’ ” Willis said.