Malcolm X, a Selected Bibliography

Malcolm X, a Selected Bibliography

Malcolm X, a Selected Bibliography

Malcolm X, a Selected Bibliography

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Although much has been written about him, this is the first book-length bibliography on Malcolm X. There is a great deal of interest in his life because he was such a controversial leader. He was known not only in the United States, but also in Third World and European countries, though, ironically, he became better known after his death than when he was living. His autobiography has been translated into several foreign languages.

Although he was popular among young Blacks in the United States, he was not popular with most middle-class Blacks. Many older Blacks believe he did more than any leader to bring about division between the races, suggesting that he preached hatred of the White man by Blacks. Others believe he promoted violence and retaliation among Black people. While some of those allegations are true, most people argue that he was a man of honesty, integrity, and inpeccable character, standing up for what he believed to be right. Malcolm X not only criticized Whites, but Blacks as well, especially Black leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. He believed that King's nonviolent approach to racial problems was lunacy and that Black people had to fight violence with violence.

It should be pointed out that Malcolm X changed his outlook on America and its people after he visited Mecca in 1965. As he was assassinated before he could put his philosophy into action, we can only speculate on how effective he might have been if he had lived. Many people agree, however, that his new outlook and approach to problems affecting Black people would have been successful. His new philosophy had a political and economic base that appealed to all segments of the Black community. In his last year, Malcolm X appealed to other young Black leaders for support. It has been pointed out repeatedly that although Malcolm X died, his dream did not, and he inspired other young Black leaders and organizations as well. Every year since his death, celebration and commemoration services have been given in his honor. Colleges, universities, schools, streets, clubs, organizations, days, festivals, and scholarship funds have been named in his honor. Even today, Malcolm X's name sparks debate.

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