The Life and Work of Malcolm X

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Alpha, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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A critical examination of the life and work of Malcolm X, as well as his profound impact on the political, ideological, and cultural life of the 20th century.

-- CMG Worldwide represents the Malcolm X family/estate, with a vested interest in keeping the Malcolm X name prominent in the mind of the public.

Critical Lives: Malcolm X will cover: the childhood of Malcolm Little in the Depression-era Midwest; the rise and fall of "Detroit Red" -- Malcolm's chaotic adolescence as a petty criminal and street hustler; the prison years -- the rebellious, angry, headstrong inmate they called Satan; Malcolm's religious and social allegiance with the Black Muslims (Nation of Islam); the founding and editing by Malcolm of the Nation of Islam (NOI) national newspaper; Malcolm as organizer, teacher, and political advocate -- and Malcolm as husband and father; from Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabbazz -- his attacks on the Civil Rights Movement and his break with the NOI; and the final year -- the surveillance by the FBI and CIA, the assassination at the Audobon Ballroom.

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Kofi Natambu is a writer, critic, and university teacher whose essays, reviews, criticism, journalism, and poetry have appeared in many magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies across the country. He has written extensively on American literature, history, politics, film, music, and cultural studies. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Melody Never Stops (Past Tents Press, 1991) and Intervals (Post Aesthetic Press, 1983), and was the editor of a literary anthology entitled Nostalgia For the Present (Post Aesthetic Press, 1985). He was also editor of a literary magazine of the arts, culture, and politics called Solid Ground: A New World Journal, which he edited and wrote for from 1980-87. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he lives and works in Oakland, California.

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