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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm XThe Autobiography of Malcolm X (November 1965)

From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to the oppressed American blacks, Malcolm brought hope and self-respect. Written with Alex Haley, this autobiography reveals his quick-witted integrity, usually obscured by batteries of frenzied headlines, and the fierce idealism which led him to reject both liberal hypocrisies and black racialism.

In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in November 1965, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley. In a unique collaboration, Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time.

Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little journeyed on a road to fame as astonishing as it was unpredictable. Drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader renamed Elijah Muhammad. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the world of Islam, becoming the Nation's foremost spokesman. When his conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity to reach African Americans across the country with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. Malcolm's fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.

Malcolm X • Two–Disk Special Edition • (1992)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm's story is often considered an overview of the African American experience during the turbulent years of the civil rights movement. It is an inspiring tale of redemption and overcoming, as he grows from just another street criminal to one of the most charismatic and electrifying speakers of the 20th century. It is the story of how one man, in prison and at the lowest point in his life, found the power within himself to rise out of the ashes of injustice and hatred and be something more than anyone imagined he could be. Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter 'X'

Malcolm X • Cast Members

•  Denzel Washington - Malcolm X•  Angela Bassett - Dr. Betty Shabazz•  Albert Hall - Baines
•  Al Freeman Jr. - Elijah Muhammad•  Delroy Lindo - West Indian Archie•  Spike Lee - Shorty
•  Theresa Randle - Laura•  Kate Vernon - Sophia•  Lonette McKee - Louise Little
•  Tommy Hollis - Earl Little•  James McDaniel - Brother Earl•  Ernest Thomas - Sidney
•  Jean-Claude La Marre - Benjamin 2X•  O.L. Duke - Pete•  Larry McCoy - Sammy
•  Maurice Sneed - Cadillac•  Debi Mazar - Peg•  Phyllis Yvonne Stickney - Honey
•  Scot Anthony Robinson - Daniel•  Sonny Jim Gaines - Cholly•  Joe Seneca - Toomer
•  LaTanya Richardson - Lorraine•  Wendell Pierce - Ben Thomas•  Michael Guess - William X
•  Leland Gantt - Wilbur Kinley•  Giancarlo Esposito - Thomas Hayer•  Leonard L. Thomas - Leon Davis
•  Roger Guenveur Smith - Rudy•  Craig Wasson - TV Host•  Graham Brown - Dr. Payson
•  Gerica Cox - Eva Marie•  Kristan Rai Segure - Saudi•  Lauren Padick - Lisha
•  Danielle Fletcher - Attalah•  Robinson Frank Adu - Chuck•  Aleta Mitchell - Sister Robin
•  Curt Williams - Mr. Cooper•  John Ottavino - Blades•  John Reidy - Simmons
•  Frances Foster - (Outside Ballroom)•  Reggie Montgomery - Dick Jones•  David Patrick Kelly - Mr. Ostrowski
•  Gary L. Catus - Doctor•  Sharon Washington - Augusta•  Shirley Stoler - Mrs. Swerlin
•  Oran 'Juice' Jones - Hustler•  Ricky Gordon - Lionel Hampton•  George Lee Miles - Preacher
•  Raye Dowell - Sister Evelyn Williams•  Veronica Webb - Sister Lucille Rosary•  Abdul Salaam El Razzac - Fox
•  Keith Randolph Smith - Brother Gene•  George Guidall - Mr. Holway•  James L. Swain - Conductor
•  Peewee Love - Speedy•  Lawrence James - Tully•  Steve White - Brother Johnson
•  K. Smith - Roderick•  Christopher Rubin - Sophia's Husband•  Matthew Harris - Malcolm (Age 5)
•  Zakee Howze - Young Malcolm•  Cytia Fontenette - Hilda - 3 Years•  Marlaine Bass - Hilda (Age 8)
•  Benjamin Atwell - Philbert - 1 Year•  Peter Dunn - Philbert (Age 6)•  Dion Smack Jr. - Reginald (Age 2)
•  Darnell Smith - Elijah's Grandson•  TaiNesha Scott - Elijah's Granddaughter•  Chelsea Counts - Yvonne (6 Months)
•  Natalie Clanton - Yvonne - 1 Year•  Jessica Givens - Attalah•  LaToyah Bigelow - Qubillah (Age 3)
•  Jasmine Smith - Ilyasah (Ages 2 and 3)•  Valentino Smith - Wilfred (Age 4)•  David Thomas Jr. - Wilfred (Age 8)
•  Simon Do-Ley - Elijah's Son•  Bill Goldberg - The 'John'•  Jonathan Peck - Man at Phone (voice)
•  Leonard Parker - Jason•  Lennis Washington - Mrs. Johnson•  Dyan Humes - Maid at Open Air Market
•  Lizbeth MacKay - Woman at Market•  Terry Layman - CIA Agent•  Terry Sumter - CIA Agent
•  Jasper McGruder - Hotel Clerk•  Mary Alice - School Teacher•  Wyatt T. Walker - Hospital Spokesman

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