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Malcom X Behind the Myth

July 21, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

A new biography of Malcolm X by the late author, Manning Marable, is bound to stir up emotions. “The saddest part of the text, which bought tears to my eyes, was when we find out that everyone close to Malcolm X betrayed him,” says Cornel West, referring to members of the Nation of Islam, in which Malcolm was a minister in Harlem before becoming estranged. At an event at the Graduate Center, moderated by sociology professor Stanley Aronowitz, West was joined by Gary Younge of The Guardian to discuss the significance of the book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.” “By returning Malcom X to a human being, Marable has restored the notion that history is made by real people,” says Younge.
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