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Malcolm X: Make It Plain Paperback – February 1, 1995

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In a trend that could easily be described as Malcolmania, here is another book about the legendary leader, prophet, and teacher. While the book is heavily illustrated (it is in fact a tie-in to the PBS "American Experience" documentary on Malcolm that aired in January), this tome is more than just a photographic essay. Malcolm's story is interestingly told in a text chockfull of snippits: "In Their Own Words" from family, close friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and those Malcolm X influenced. Many of the photographs have been reproduced in other publications, but there are also less frequently published images of Malcolm at work and of the people he worked with. Seeing Malcolm in action in these photographs will be as powerful for the reader as reading his words. Even if you have bought other photo-essays like Thulani Davis's Malcolm X: The Great Photographs ( LJ 2/93), this would be a worthwhile purchase to round out any black studies collection. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/93.
- Corinne Nelson, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140177132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140177138
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of us who are interested in the study of the life of Malcolm X, the total body of knowledge about him is like a big building. Each book, journal or magazine article, tape, album, cd, youtube video, documentary--that is, each individual material---is like a room within that building. Every once in a while, a gold nugget of information is offered up within a given material, that fills the crack in the wall of one of the rooms. This book has a number of gold nuggets:

1)John Henrik Clarke, Malcolm's Historical information provider, believes that Malcolm's march on the police station with a number of NOI people to protest the brutality against one of its members, a scene graphically displayed in the Malcolm X movie, where an official said, "That is too much power for one man to hold," was the first ramping up of the NY Police Dept. efforts towards Malcolm's destruction.
2)The fact that the mainstream press laid off of the rumors of Elijah Muhammad's illegitimate children, and did not highlight them, legitimately leads one to conclude that there was more interest in destroying Malcolm as an individual than there was in destroying the NOI. pg. 158.
3)A picture of Malcolm on pg. 178, wearing a daishiki, in Ghana, out for a stroll with the widow of W.E.B. DuBois, Shirley Graham DuBois. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but that picture is worth a whole lot more to anyone who understands, and is into, the Black struggle for freedom in America.
4)The excellent photographs of Malcolm's early life, pictures of him as a teen that are not to be found anywhere else. Just the overall brilliance of the book's pictures. Any picture that has Malcolm smiling displays a smile that could light up a universe.
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Based on the acclaimed PBS documentary, this photographic biography of the controversial African American leader combines evocative photographs with poignant memories from friends, family members, admirers and a few critics. This multifaceted examination of the militant leader's turbulent life helped me understand his rage and power. If you read his autobiography, then you will find this book especially valuable. An excellent supplement to the documentary because it includes material that they had to exclude, due to time limitations, from the documentary.
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I can't seem to find an address to which this information should be directed, so here it is: This title should be listed as 'Text by William Strickland, Oral Histories selected and edited by Cheryll Y. Greene' (that's me). That's the way the credits are listed on the front cover, title page, with the Library of Congress, etc. Please correct your search function to include this information. Sometimes people still look for the book using my name. Thank you. (I had to fill in the star rating above in order to send this to you. Please disregard.)
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