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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

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Created by: Malcolm X, with transcription by Alex Haley

Date of Release: October 29, 1965

How to Access: Purchase from a Black-owned bookstore!

Context: Malcolm X was a legendary activist, speaker, and leader in the Black Nationalist movement of the 1960s. Despite being assassinated in 1964 as part of a string of assassinations (those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and President John F. Kennedy) meant to dismantle the Civil Rights movement, the legacy of Malcolm X lives on in the Black community. His autobiography was told to and transcribed by Alex Haley shortly before his murder and continues to be a seminal text in Black liberation movements and Black activist thought.

In his autobiography, Malcolm X describes during his early years in New York that he participated in many forms of hustling--including a form of sex work where he would travel to the homes of wealthy white men to be paid for the sexual service of sprinkling talcum powder over their naked bodies.

Submitted by: Zaniya, the BSWC Librarian

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