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Seventh child : a family memoir of Malcolm X
Collins, Rodnell P., 1945-
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New York : Dafina, 2002.

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xviii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BP233.Z8 L57322 1998C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Originally published in hardback in 1998, the most important book on Malcolm X since his autobiography is now available in paperback, including never-before-published family photos and letters. In this book, the poignant, vivid memories of Malcolm X's sister are told by her son, to whom Malcolm was a much-loved uncle and mentor. Seventh Child contains bitter, haunting, as well as joyful recollections by two people who knew him intimately as only family members can. Includes photos.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project and author of A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., has pieced together an incomplete study of King's life by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speeches. If King's rhetorical flourishes and use of the word "negro" sometimes seem outdated, the compilation still offers a concise first-person account of his life from his birth in Atlanta in 1929 to his awakening social consciousness and discovery of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. History propelled King to center stage in the struggle for black liberation. When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in 1955, the "once dormant and quiescent Negro community was now fully awake" and King, along with many others in Montgomery's black community, organized the bus boycott that would launch King into his leadership role in the civil rights movement. The book offers glimpses of King's family life as well a view of famous Americans such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X and JFK. (In 1960, King did not feel "there was much difference between Kennedy and Nixon." He writes, "I felt at points that he was so concerned about being President of the United States that he would compromise basic principles.") But what is most evident throughout Carson's study is the moral courage that sustained King and allowed him to inspire a largely peaceful mass movement against segregation in the face of bloody reprisals. (Dec.) FYI: In November, Carol Publishing will release Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X, by his nephew Rodnell P. Collins. ($21.95 230p ISBN 1-55972-491-9) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
1 Ajarp. 3
2 Omowale: The Son Has Come Homep. 11
3 Homecomingp. 22
4 Orpheusp. 38
5 Ellap. 48
6 Brothers and Sistersp. 70
7 Muhammad's Temple of Islamp. 83
8 Nation of Islamp. 103
9 The Split, Part 1: Judas Eyep. 119
10 The Split, Part 2: Recommitment of Faithp. 127
11 An Awakeningp. 143
12 The OAAU: The Preassassinationp. 156
13 The Assassinationp. 183
14 Symbolism Without Substancep. 196
Appendixp. 209
Select Bibliographyp. 228
Indexp. 230