Malcolm X — still controversial
A recent biography stirs debate as the iconic black nationalist is honored in Detroit
Published: May 16, 2012
Yet, he adds, "I don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater," even suggesting that people read the book, though "with a critical and discerning eye."
In some ways, the clash over the book echoes the reception to Spike Lee's 1992 film Malcolm X, which was slammed for its emphasis: "25 minutes of zoot suits and two-and-half-minutes to the last year of his life," as Boyd noted.
But Spike Lee, like Manning Marable, brought attention to his subject, spurred debate.
"The more discussions we have, the closer we'll get to the truth of this," said Boyd. "Who knows how long it will take?"
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History (315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800) observes Malcolm X Day (the 87th anniversary of his birth) with a presentation, Q&A and book signing by Herb Boyd and Dr. Haki Madhubuti, two editors of By Any Means Necessary — Malcolm X: Real Not Reinvented. The program begins at 3 p.m. and also includes the Amen Ra Drummers, saxophonist Tony Holland and poet jessica Care moore; numerous politicians are expected at the event, which has received a testimonial of support from the Detroit City Council. Through the day, the museum will display a bust of Malcolm X, related artwork and a gallery of his writing going back to his childhood in the Lansing area.
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