A vivid chronicle of Malcolm X’s life and untimely death.
Few people were shocked when Malcolm X was gunned down by assassins in 1965. The 39-year-old former Nation of Islam member and civil rights leader was a lightning rod for controversy. The first half of Doeden’s biography explains how Malcolm Little’s distrust of white America was sown in his youth, how his imprisonment as a young man led to a path of self-education and spiritual seeking, and how the Nation of Islam provided him with an outlet for his resentment. A gifted, charismatic speaker, he rose to prominence as a civil rights leader who championed Black Power and offered an alternative to people dissatisfied with Martin Luther King’s approach of nonviolent resistance. Malcolm’s pilgrimage to Mecca prompted in him a major philosophical shift that resulted in public feuding with the Nation of Islam and its leaders. Doeden thoroughly explores in the second half of the book the circumstances of Malcolm’s assassination, the trial and conviction of the killers, and the rumors of conspiracies and coverups that persist.
A brief but impressively insightful and engaging overview of the life and assassination of Malcolm X. (photographs, timeline, glossary, source notes, suggestions for further reading) (Biography. 12-18)