The Diary of Malcolm X

The Diary of Malcolm X : El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964

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In 1964, Malcolm X made two trips to Africa and theMiddle East. During those trips, he kept copious notes. This remarkable document, The Diary of Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964, is comprised of those notes, along with editing, annotations, and
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Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 160 x 232 x 26mm | 559.99g
  • Third World Press
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0883783517
  • 9780883783511
  • 429,988

About Malcolm X

Herb Boyd The Diary of Malcolm X Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 23 books, including By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X Real Not Reinvented (co-edited with Haki Madhubuti, Maulana Karenga, and Ron Daniels); and Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today. His book Baldwin's Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient of an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America, an anthology. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms all over the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. His articles can be found in such publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, the Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, The Network Journal, and The Daily Beast among others.
Ilyasah Al-Shabazz The Diary of Malcolm X Ilyasah Shabazz holds a Master of Science degree in education and human resource development from Fordham University. For many years she was director of Public Affairs and Special Events for the city of Mount Vernon, New York. In 2002, she, along with Kim McLarin, completed her memoir Growing Up X.
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"The publication of "The Diary of Malcolm X" is a great historical event in African American intellectual history. Composed of entries written between April 15 and November 17, 1964, a crucial transitional year in this great leader's religious, political and philosophical beliefs, the "Diary" affords us unmediated access to the quality of Malcolm's intellect and his keen sensivities as a cultural and social commentator, in compelling adn unadorned prose. . . . Every student of Malcolm X, and the history of Black political leadership, should read this compelling book."

--Henry Louis Gates Jr. Director, The DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
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In 1964, Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) made two trips to Africa and the Middle East. During those trips, he kept copious notes and those notes, along with editing, annotations, and commentary by Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Shabazz, comprise the whole of this remarkable diary.

"From the pages of his Diary," said his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, "we hear his voice distilled and pure, devoid of outside interference, manipulation or intent. With his Diary, the entire world can now accurately assess the value, contribution and magnitude of Malcolm X."

And the Diary captures Malcolm in all his complexity, reveals some of his trepidations, and above all his humanity as he encountered a coterie of dignitaries, world leaders, and ordinary people who were as mesmerized by his genius as he was in wonder of the often challenging new cultures he experienced from country to country.

Readers will discover how significantly the Diary complements his autobiography, at times filling in the blanks, expanding an incident, and adding context to moments sometimes only mentioned in passing in the autobiography.
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