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Mapping the Life of El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
I admire El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) and the impact that he had on people of African descent. As such, I was pleased to see a Malcolm X exhibit on Second Life.

Drumbeats from Black Threads told us about the efforts of Moraine Valley Community College to analyze this autobiography in detail. The students of this community college map the life of Malcolm X, in geographic terms, based on the information provided in his autobiography.

Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X is at once inspirational, controversial, and historic. It is a novel that has had far-reaching success selling millions of copies and influencing Americans of all races and creeds.

This “autobiography” relates the life story of Civil Rights leader Malcolm X, who came of age in the segregated America of the 1940s and 1950s. He embraced religion while in prison and sought to free his people “by any means necessary.” By the end of his life, Malcolm X was one of the most prominent African American leaders. While on a journey to Mecca, he began to preach a more inclusive ideology that emphasized cooperation and understanding. The Autobiography of Malcolm X provides a valuable glimpse of America. More importantly, it is the story of one man rising up against oppression and learning, through his own experiences, how America might redeem itself.

Villagers have shared thoughts on the birth and death of Malcolm X in the past. I would love to hear from you again today. What is your lasting memory of El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)?

Lost Chapters Released

From 365-50.com –

Four lost chapters from the Malcolm X Autobiography were released on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The existence of the introduction, and three other unpublished chapters intended for the 19-chapter autobiography, were acquired by entertainment attorney Gregory J. Reed at a 1992 auction of Haley’s estate.

This introduction was read publicly for the first time to an audience of hundreds at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in New York. The organization was founded by the civil rights leader’s late widow Dr. Betty Shabazz and is housed in historic Audubon, the building where he was killed.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

America cannot ignore the Negro’s problem. It is in the best interest of humanity.

Most sincerely, I want my life story to do as much good for humanity as it possibly can, for both of the races in America.

I can only hope that…(read more)