ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
“Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. . . . Consigning these mortal remains
to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man
but a seed which after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then
for what he was and is. A prince. Our own black shining prince who didn’t hesitate to die because he loved us so.”
Books by & About Malcolm X
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Facebook Remembers Malcolm X
Nathan Hare: I’ve been thinking this was the day they killed Malcolm X but keep wondering why I haven’t seen or heard anything all day.
Jean Damu: I’m OK with us not remembering the date of Malcolm’s assassination. But I live n Berkeley and his birthday is a city holiday each May 19. This is convenient for me because May19 is also Ho Chi Minh’s birthday-2 for the price of one. The dynamics of celebration are curious to me. The US nation always memorializes JFK’s assassination but never his. Just the opposite for MLK. And while on the topic, tomorrow Feb. 23 is W.E.B. DuBois’s birthday. Anyone besides me hoisting a cold one to The Doctor?
Nathan Hare: We’re basically on the same page. I was speaking of remembering and agree with memorializing, if we’re going to get into ceremony, instead of celebration. Holidays are another matter, since the fallen may have preferred us to work. I’m with you on Du Bois and it is easy for me to remember it — aside from my interest in Du Bois and having known his . . . See More second wife Shirley and her son David — because the next day, February 24th, is my late mother’s birthday. So it’s easy to see these things can get out of hand.
P.S. I know my mother wouldn’t want me to take off from work! Anyway, have a good day, whichever. Always good to hear from you.
Jean Damu: DuBois had impeccable timing. Who among us would have had the foresight to be born during Black History Month and to die on the day MLK delivered his “I have a dream” speech? I always value reading your writings Dr. Hare. Peace.
Rudolph Lewis: Dr. Hare, it is good to remind us that we don’t remember and don’t revisit Malcolm and his thought neither on his birthday nor the day of his assassination. We still need to clarify his relevance for us today. At ChickenBones: A Journal, we would love to publish your extended thoughts on this subject. Presently, we only have a small piece of your: africaoramericablackstudies We would love for you to become a regular contributor to our work. We have a considerable readership that might be sent to your thinktank website.
Malcolm X House, roxbury (boston): Malcolm X House, 72 Dale street, Roxbury. This was the house of Malcolm X’s half (senior) sister Ell…a Collins. Ella was a surrogate mother to Malcolm. Malcolm came here to live in the early 1940s at the age of 11 (I will double check that). By 1946 he had been arrested and served time in a local prison before transforming his life with the help of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. If you take the #1 bus to the last stop, Dudley Square, you can walk to the Malcolm X house in about 10 minutes. The property is now an official landmark and the house is currently owned by Malcolm X’s nephew, Brother Rodnell Collins. I will try to get a pic of him up. Mr. Colliins has written a memoir called “Seventh Child.” These pics were taken in Roxbury, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. I walked from the Nation of Islam Mosque #11 to the Malcolm X house (about 20 min). Kwame Zulu Shabazz
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary: www.youtube.com / Malcolm X Files / “Recently when I was blessed to make a religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca where I met many people from all over the world, plus spent many weeks in Africa …
Malcolm X: The House Negro and the Field Negro: www.youtube.com / Malcolm X Files / “Back during slavery, when Black people like me talked to the slaves, they didn’t kill ’em, they sent some old house Negro along behind him to undo what he said. You have to read the history of slavery to understand this. …
Malcolm X: Oxford Union Debate: www.youtube.com / Malcolm X Files / “I read once, passingly, about a man named Shakespeare. I only read about him passingly, but I remember one thing he wrote that kind of moved me. He put it in the mouth of Hamlet, I think, it was, who said, “To be or not to be.” He was in doubt about something. …..
April Mojica: Oh GOSH, my eyes are burning with tears! I weep as I write this. How blessed we were that he existed and that we, his descendants born after his assassination, can watch his poise, his courage and hear his brilliant gifts that he brought to bear in the fight for justice for black people. He gave his life!!!!!! (weeping) Thank you APRIL for bringing his life to us today!
Nzelu Enzo Banda: Even in my country, Zambia, Central Africa,we have been influenced through his message, courage, interviews and audacity, we will always remember him, what a hero for us all, he woke people up.
Malcolm X: We Condemn People For Their Deeds Not Their Skin: www.youtube.com / Malcolm X Files / Malcolm X is asked point blank about supposedly judging people about the colour of their skins and gives an excellent answer…watch as he gets cut off at the end! http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/
Malcolm X Explains Black Nationalism: www.youtube.com / Speaking to an audience at the Audobon Ballroom in Washington Heights on March 29, 1964, Malcolm X explains: “If you’re interested in freedom, you need some judo, you …
April R. Silver: I am so grateful to God for the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, popularly known as Malcolm X. I love you openly and dearly. Born May 19, 1925 (Nebraska) Assassinated Feb. 21, 1965 (Harlem)
Charles Reese: This excerpt from Ossie Davis’ Eulogy for Malcolm X on February 27, 1965 says it best for me…….”Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood! This was his meaning to his people. Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man but a seed which… See More, after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then for what he was and is. A prince. Our own black shining prince who didn’t hesitate to die because he loved us so.”
Malcolm X’s Death (Spike Lee’s Most Powerful Scene): www.youtube.com / Last Scene in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. Shows Malcolm (Denzel Washington) being assassinated in New York and the funeral eulogy performed by friend and revolutionary Ossie Davis. This clip also contains many pictures of the actual Malcolm and a speech from Nelson Mandela.
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Malcolm X artifacts unearthedPolice docs and more found among belongs of ‘Shorty’ Jarvis1 February 2012Documents outlining the crime that landed Malcolm X in prison in the 1940s are among some 1,000 recently unearthed items purchased jointly by the civil rights leader’s foundation and an independent collector of African-American artifacts. The documents and other artifacts belonged to late musician Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, who served in prison with Malcolm X and was one of his closest friends. Jarvis’ 1976 pardon paper also is part of the collection, which was recently discovered by accident. The items had been in a Connecticut storage unit that had gone into default, and were initially auctioned off to a buyer who had no idea what he was bidding on. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, which oversees the Malcolm X Center located at his birthplace, will house and display the just-arrived archives. It split the cost with Black History 101 Mobile Museum, based in Detroitthe birthplace of the Nation of Islam.Mobile Museum founder and curator Khalid el-Hakim declined to identify the original buyer or the price the two organizations paid for the trove. Still, even after splitting the cost, he said it’s the largest acquisition to date for his mobile museum, which includes Jim Crow-era artifacts, a Ku Klux Klan hood and signed documents by Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. . . . The collection also reveals an enduring connection between the two Malcolms after their incarceration, Malcolm X’s conversion to Islam and his rise to prominence. There’s a 72-page scrapbook of Malcolm X’s life that was maintained by Jarvis until after his friend’s 1965 assassination. One of the civil rights era’s most controversial and compelling figures, Malcolm X rose to fame as the chief spokesman of the Nation of Islam, a movement started in Detroit more than 80 years ago. He proclaimed the black Muslim organization’s message at the time: racial separatism as a road to self-actualization and urged blacks to claim civil rights “by any means necessary” and referred to whites as “devils.”TheGrio
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By Manning Marable
Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins’ bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.
Manning Marable’s new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties.
Reaching into Malcolm’s troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents’ activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.
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By Noam Chomsky
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forwardin the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the worldto millions, I suspectfor the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.Publisher’s Weekly
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Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”
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From The World and Africa, 1965
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posted 23 February 2010