Malcolm X: Make It Plain (PBS Documentary).
Malcolm X: Make It Plain is a 1994 documentary by PBS about the life of Malcolm X, or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. The documentary was narrated by Alfre Woodard, produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell, written by Steve Fayer and Orlando
The voice of Malcolm X, silenced so abruptly on this day 49 years ago (February 21 1965), speaks to more people today than ever before. His autobiography sells more than 150,000 copies a year, his writings are devoured by thousands born after he died. But who was he? Drawing on hundreds of sources, the PBS “American Experience” documentary of his life, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, explores his many-faceted character - political philosopher and visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and hero - and the many forces that forged him.
The revolutionary Malcolm X rose from the streets of Detroit, Boston, and Harlem, to become one of the most influential leaders of the human rights and international black liberation movement. His adventure-filled path to public service is detailed in this documentary. Malcolm X first connected with the Nation of Islam while in prison. His subsequent duties within the organization led to his role as their national spokesperson. Malcolm X was always impassioned, he brought much attention to the struggle for African-Americans’ as African diaspora for equal treatment as under the law. As well as advocating for the self development and self sufficiency of African Americans as part of the African diaspora stressing the importance of them making a connection to Africa.
This documentary features interviews with the many famous faces that populated the late leader’s life including Maya Angelou, Alex Haley, Ossie Davis, Dr John Henrik Clarke Dr Ben Yosef Jochannan and Malcolm X’s own family.