U.S.A. / 1965
This should be required reading for all Black kids. I thought I “knew” Malcolm X, but reading this made me realize that I actually knew very, very little about the sum of his life, work, and ideas. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him as a radical trailblazer. Even in grade school I wondered why we couldn’t study him instead of MLK. (Hmm I wonder why 🤔). But this book really contextualized why he thought the way he did - and exactly how courageous he was for thinking that way. I’m not very religious, so the pages and pages on Islam and Black Muslims was not really my cup of tea. But it was still interesting to see how religion was what really catalyzed his work. And obviously his views of women were terrible, at best. But I think of him as a figurehead, or really as an usher for subsequent movements of Black power and pride. We have to really respect him in that regard. I finished this book feeling so inspired and energized. And thankful. I felt a deep sense of appreciation for all he did and all the sacrifices he made. I’ll never forget this book. 5/5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.