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Malcolm X : as they knew him

Author: David Gallen
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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"Dangerous" describes Malcolm X for poet Sonia Sanchez, and civil rights attorney William Kunstler places him at "the cutting edge of the black struggle." For historian John Henrik Clarke he was "the brightest light we produced in the twentieth century"; to journalist Claude Lewis, "the bravest man I've ever known." Former CORE director James Farmer calls him "a champion." University professor Kathryn Gibson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Malcolm X; Malcolm X
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Gallen
ISBN: 0881848514 9780881848519 0881848506 9780881848502
OCLC Number: 25412704
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. As They Knew Him: Oral Remembrances of Malcolm X / David Gallen and Peter Skutches --
II. Getting It On the Record: Conversations With Malcolm X. The Ronald Stokes Incident: Brother Malcolm on WBAI with Richard Elman. The Playboy Interview: Malcolm X speaks with Alex Haley. Minister Malcolm: A conversation with Kenneth B. Clark. Chickens, Snakes and Duck Eggs: Making history and parables with Robert Penn Warren. His Best Credentials: On the air with Joe Rainey. Final Views: Getting it on the record with Claude Lewis. Whatever Is Necessary: The last television interview, with Pierre Berton --
III. The Man, the Myth and the Mission: Reflections on Malcolm X. Initial Reactions on the Assassination of Malcolm X / Eldridge Cleaver. Malcolm X: Mission and Meaning / Robert Penn Warren. Malcolm X: Witness for the Prosecution / Peter Goldman. Alex Haley Remembers / Alex Haley. Who Were the Killers? / Maria Laurino. Malcolm and Martin / James Baldwin.
Responsibility: David Gallen.

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"Dangerous" describes Malcolm X for poet Sonia Sanchez, and civil rights attorney William Kunstler places him at "the cutting edge of the black struggle." For historian John Henrik Clarke he was "the brightest light we produced in the twentieth century"; to journalist Claude Lewis, "the bravest man I've ever known." Former CORE director James Farmer calls him "a champion." University professor Kathryn Gibson remembers him as "the protector." Part One of Malcolm X: As They Knew Him presents the remembrances of twenty-five men and women whose lives were dramatically touched--and in some cases radically altered--by Malcolm X. In their own words, extracted from recent interviews with David Gallen, they illuminate divers facets of Malcolm's dynamic character and career. Writer Maya Angelou, for instance, speaks of the contemplative Malcolm she knew in Africa, while newsman Mike Wallace recalls Malcolm's last daring media appearances. Alex Haley provides intimate glimpses of the private man, and Benjamin Karim shares his memories of Malcolm lecturing on the swine and teaching lessons in charity all the way from Harlem to Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the minds of those who knew him Malcolm is still vividly there: eating banana splits, quoting Shakespeare, driving his old blue Oldsmobile home to East Elmhurst, growing a beard. A man stands behind the myth. Malcolm speaks for himself in Part Two, "Getting It On the Record." He makes parables of chickens, snakes, and duck eggs with Robert Penn Warren, and in a solemn, reflective mood he shares his views on life, and death, with Claude Lewis one late December night. Included too are the Playboy interview with Alex Haley and his last television interview, with Pierre Berton in January 1965, one month before he died at the hands of assassins in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom. In Part Three, "The Man, the Myth and the Mission," six outstanding American writers, among them James Baldwin, Eldridge Cleaver, and Peter Goldman, probe the aftermath of Malcolm's assassination and define the substance of his legacy. Their essays attest to the power of the man who attempted to raise the consciousness of twenty-two million African Americans and to give them back their pride--the man who, it has been said, invented black history.

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