We wonder what would have surprised Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz) more, the fact that his autobiography was banned and called a “crime manual” in Jacksonville FL, or that 50 years later a marathon community reading about his life would be held at Syracuse University (SU). For the next two days additional readings of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (as told to Alex Haley) will be held at Onondaga Community College and Beauchamp Public Library.
The Autobiography was a great choice for Banned Books week on many levels, but most important, Malcolm X’s story speaks to the heart of the American experience. For further exploration of his legacy, we also recommend this book by Rondell Collins.
Interestingly, one year before the book was published, Malcolm was interviewed by writer Al Balk, who later became a professor at SU’s Newhouse School.