Monday, May 18, 2009

This Day In History: Malcolm X

Tomorrow marks the birth anniversary of political activist Malcolm X (May 19, 1925). After a difficult upbringing, during which his father was possibly murdered and his mother eventually committed to a mental institution, he changed his course in life. He adopted religion, joined the Nation of Islam, and became an outspoken leader of a militant faction of the Civil Rights Movement. He was eventually assassinated while delivering a public speech in 1965.

Malcolm X's views often clashed with the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm famously urged his followers to fight for freedom "by any means necessary." For more information about Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Movement, visit the African American Experience database. Then stop by the NCC Libraries for these resources:

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography (cover pictured here)
by Andrew Helfer
BP 223 .Z8 L5745 2006 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Brother Minister [DVD]
documentary directed by Jack Baxter
E 185.97 .L5 B768 2005 Media Tower

Betty Shabazz: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Faith Before and After Malcolm X
by Russell John Rickford
BP 223 .Z8 R53 2003 Stacks

The Malcolm X Encyclopedia
by Robert L. Jenkins
BP 223 .Z8 L573 2002 Reference, Main and Monroe

Growing Up X
by Ilyasah Shabazz
BP 223 .Z8 L5772 2002 Stacks

Malcolm X [DVD]
feature film starring Denzel Washington, directed by Spike Lee
PN 1997 .M348 2000 Media Tower and Monroe

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Alex Haley
E 185.97 .L5 A3 1999 Stacks, Main and Monroe

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