The Autobiography of Malcolm X
With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Civil Rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one sounded more urgently, more passionately than the rest. Malcolm X - once called the most dangerous man in America - challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it. This is the first hardcover edition of this classic autobiography since it was originally published in 1964. In its searing pages, Malcolm X the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley. In a unique collaboration, Alex Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time. Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little's road to world fame was as astonishing as it was unpredictable. After drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader named Elijah Muhammed. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammed and the world of Islam, and became the Nation's foremost spokesman. When his own conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammed, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity, to reach African Americans across thecountry with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination. The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African-American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its non-white citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issue of our day. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed, but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
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Ella asked all kinds of questions about how I was doing; she had already heard
from Wilfred and Hilda about my election as class president. She asked
especially about my grades, and I ran and got my report cards. I was then one of
the three ...
I wasn't even thinking about Laura when she came up to me in the drugstore and
asked me to take her to the next Negro dance at the Roseland. Duke Ellington
was going to play, and she was beside herself with excitement. I had no way to ...
I'm going to call her Sophia. She didn't dance well, at least not by Negro
standards. But who cared? I could feel the staring eyes of other couples around
us. We talked. I told her she was a good dancer, and asked her where she'd
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr - LibraryThing
I read this one in recognition of Black History Month. It has been several years since I last read it. I love this book. It is a great read. It has a nice feel to it - very authentic. This is ... Read full review
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"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." — Malcolm X When I learned that the transcendent Alex Haley had co-authored The Autobiography of ... Read full review