It has been a minute since I have read about or looked into information regarding civil rights activist Malcolm X. He definitely was one of the more fascinating characters of that era of our nation’s history. All of the details surrounding him, and all of the goings on of that time are captivating. Hearing about and reading about the details on Malcolm X, along with the other standout people from that time can be very intriguing.
Recent information has put Malcolm X back into the immediate public spotlight. A novel has been written which allegedly expands into information about the private life of this civil rights activist. It is entitled Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, and it is authored by Manning Marable.
The novel supposedly delves into details regarding some of the alleged details of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The autobiography is supposed to give a view of his life before he was the controversial activist. It states that Malcolm X, born as Malcolm Little, was not exactly the shady, criminal character that is claimed before he became the civil rights leader. The book claims that some of the alleged knowledge about Malcolm X is exaggeration, and that some of the activities in which he participated were stretched from the actual truth.
Of course, there are rebuttles to these presentations. Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz, did speak with The Associated Press regarding the novel. Ilyasah stated that the book possibly was unclear, as she made a point to say that her father was “a man of impeccable integrity”. The daughters were not able to talk with author Manning Marable because he died last week.
The novel has the subtitle “A Life of Reinvention”. This is meant to reflect upon Malcolm X’s admission of personal errors within earlier times of his life. It is supposed to discuss how he turned from a life of criminal activity to a Black isolationist, then to the well-known social dynamo who helped to influence U.S. cultural change. Also, the novel supposedly has a letter within it which is from Malcolm X to Elijah Muhammad, leader of The Nation of Islam, which tells of how he told Muhammad about disruption within his marriage to wife, Betty Shabazz. It supposedly elaborates on how side love affairs occurred between Malcolm X and other women. As well, it goes onto talk about possible affairs between Betty Shabazz and other men!
Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965 while he gave a speech in New York City. This was one year after he departed from The Nation of Islam, the controversial separatist organization that was lead mainly by Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm X left this group after tension between himself and Muhammad, then he went to begin other Muslim and African-American support organizations.
As far as this latest information about Malcolm X, I will need to read more to find out what truth there is to his supposed separation from his well-known position as a public activist. It always is curious to find that several years later, information can be exposed to taint what is remembered of people whom have helped to shape The United States’ history. Whether or not what has been printed about Malcolm X, recently, is true, or if it is further exaggeration, is not known, just yet. The story likely will make for interesting reading for people interested in that time period.
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