As a 14-year-old he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At 16 he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. At 20 "Detroit Red" was in prison. It was there Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and develop his beliefs about what being black means in America: beliefs that shook America then, and still shake America today. His significant role in the Nation of Islam and eventual split from it, along with his journey to Mecca, followed by his assassination in Harlem are chronicled in this fascinating portrait.
©1993 Walter Dean Myers; Excerpts from The Autobigoraphy of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X, with the assistance of Alex Haley Copyright 1964 by Alex Haley and Malcolm X Copyright 1965 by Alex Haley and Betty Shabazz; Excerpts from Malcolm X Speaks, copyright 1965 by Betty Shabazz and Pathfinder Press; 2012 AudioGO