alex haley and malcolm x


In 1976, @npr All Things Considered marked what would have been Malcolm X’s 51st birthday by airing an interview with Alex Haley. Haley, the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, reflected on Malcolm X’s legacy 11 years after his assassination and the emergence of local and regional black leaders in America. “The country, in this regard, is beginning to become more nearly what it has long said it is—a democracy.”

Take a listen as one stalwart of black history remembers another.

Image 1: Malcolm X poses for a portrait on February 16, 1965. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Image 2: Alex Haley, co-author of ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ and author of the multi-award-winning family saga 'Roots’. Credit:  Fred Mott/Getty Images

Summer Reading Challenge

Throughout college I’ve tried to read around 10 books every summer that I’ve never read before. I usually am unable to do all of them (lol) mostly because I get books from the library, and if I don’t plan well they all get checked out : P 

If I combine re-reads with new reads, though, I do always end up reading 8-12 or so books every summer. I love reading, and I never get time to read longform writing during the school year (it’s always just news or articles or short stories and whatnot : P) 

Here is what I read in past summers (nf = nonfiction)

Summer 2015

New Reads: 

  1. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddartha Mukherjee (nf)
  2. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonothan Safran Foer
  5. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


      6-12. The Harry Potter Series (yes, the whole thing) by J.K. Rowling
         13.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Summer 2016

New Reads: 

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nf)
  2. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  3. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  4. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  5. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan


      7. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Honorable Mentions

  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Winter ‘16) 
  2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley (nf) (Spring ‘15)  (everyone should read this book!!! Everyone!!! iT’s RIDICULOUSLY IMPORTAnT!!!!) 
  3. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (Spring Break ‘17) (it was the MIT Reads book selection so I got it from the MIT bookstore for free :D) (ridiculously good book by ridiculously good Asian American author) 

Started but never finished, and why:

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (nf) (this is ridiculous as it’s very short and honestly more of a long paper, but I got back to school and got busy ;__; will finish (starting from the beginning) as soon as finals is over.)
  2. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace (nf) (ran out of time on the library loan, and had to get back to school)
  3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (the first few pages describing the womanizer super turned me off, and I just stopped there…I feel like I’ve had enough White European Man books assigned to me in school, and so I’d like to read more diverse authors in my free time. My friend really recommended it though so maybe I should try again…) 

Summer ‘17 List

I’m quite determined to get through all 10 this time. So far, I have…


  1. The Gene by Siddartha Mukherjee (the sequel-ish to a book above) (was too popular last summer to check out)
  2. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang (tried before, also too popular)
  3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  4. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


  1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
  3. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  4. 1984 by George Orwell

Inevitable Re-Read: 

  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Suggestions welcome! Preferably I want even more than 10 new reads on my list–I’m thinking if I have loads of books on my list than any one of them is less likely to be checked out the library and maybe this year I can finally actually get through 10 new reads :3 Heavy preference to Asian or Asian-American authors, as I’ve been trying to diversify of authors of the books I read, starting with people of my own background (bizarre that practically all the books I read til now were white authors, isn’t it…). I’ve at least successfully read a few African and African-American authors by now; Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie was really great and the first book I’ve read that also really reflected on the Asian/Asian American experience, through sci-fi stories (!!!!), in a very organic way. Going to try and add to that~

prettylittlegleek123  asked:

I need a nonfiction book to read for my high school book report & I'd prefer that the author be either black or the book be about black society? Any ideas ?

Here are a few options you might be interested in:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (With Alex Haley)

The Soul of a Butterfly - Muhammad Ali

Black Boy - Richard Wright

Dreams of My Father - Barack Obama

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


anonymous asked:

Merhaba Mavi'm senden ufak bir ricam var. Bana kendimi geliştirecek, düşüncelerimi doğru yönde değiştirecek ve beni olgunlaştıracak yapıda kitaplar önerir misin? Roman, deneme türünde olabilir fikirlerine ihtiyacım var. Seviliyorsun pekçe😘

tatlım, öncelike pessoa - huzursuzluğun kitabını öneririm. montaigne - denemeler, sonra camus - düşüş, yine camus - yabancı, sarte - bulantı, sonra orwell - 1984, yine orwell - hayvan çiftliği, sonra huxley - cesur yeni dünya, hemingway - çanlar kimin için çalıyor, perec - uyuyan adam, edouard leve - intihar, latife tekin - berci kristin çöp masalları, sonraa… yusuf atılgan - bütün öyküleri, yine atılgan - aylak adam elbette, sonra zweig - satranç, sonra alex haley - malcolm x…  şu anlık aklıma gelen müthiş etkileyici ve insanı entelektüel anlamda ileriye taşıyan kitaplar bunlar balım. bunları oku yine konuşuruz. öptüm.


Here goes my 10 books. These 10 books have definitely been influential in my life and have helped mold and shape the way that I look at and approach this world. I was challenged by Timothy Taylor aka wiseintelligent

The challenge requires you to list 10 influential books and their authors, in no particular order. Then tag 10 others to do the same, and to tag others.

Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century by Amos N. Wilson

Africans at the Crossroads: African World Revolution Paperback
by John Henrik Clarke

Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle of the Twenty-First Century by J.W. Smith

Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Marimba Ani

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X

Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict–Strategies from The Art of War by James Gimian

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman (Author) Noam Chomsky (Author)

I Challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!











100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime
  1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  3. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  7. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  8. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  9. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  10. Carrie by Stephen King
  11. Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  12. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  13. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  14. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  15. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  16. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  17. Dune by Frank Herbert
  18. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  19. Ender’s Game by Orson Schott Card
  20. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  21. Every Day by David Levithan
  22. Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury
  23. Feed by M. T. Anderson
  24. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  25. Forever.. by Judy Blume
  26. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  27. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  28. Graceling by Kirstin Cashore
  29. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
  30. Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  31. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  32. Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  33. I  Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  34. I Know  What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
  35. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  36. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  37. Legend by Marie Lu
  38. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  39. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  40. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  41. Luna by Julie Andrews
  42. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  43. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
  44. Maus I: A Survivor’s Take: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiefelman
  45. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs
  46. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  47. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  48. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  49. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  50. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi 
  51. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  52. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  53. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  54. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  55. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  56. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  57. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  58. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  59. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X
  60. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carrol
  61. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  62. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  63. The Call of the Wile by Jack London
  64. The Cater in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  65. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  66. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  67. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  69. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
  70. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  71. The 5th Wave by Rick  Yancey
  72. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  73. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  74. The Hitckhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  75. The Hobbit: or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
  76. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  77. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  78. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  79. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  80. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  81. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  82. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  83. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  84. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
  85. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  86. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  87. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  88. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  89. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  90. The Witch of Blackbird Bond by Elizabeth George Speare
  91. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  92. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  93. This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff
  94. Throne of Class by Sara J Maas
  95. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  96. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  97. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  98. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  99. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  100. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Source: Amazon

Why We Should Never Forget Malcolm X On His Birthday

The self-defined “Black Nationalist Freedom Fighter” Minister Malcolm X would have been 89 years old on May 19, 2014. While the American spin doctors have been largely successful in shaping a narrative of Dr. Martin Luther King into a two second sound bite of “I have a dream”, they have been less victorious in painting Malcolm into the corner of “By any means necessary”. The image makers of society are more than happy to dismiss Malcolm X and leave him in the dusk bin of history as irrelevant. These two iconic martyrs of the 1960’s era are still dangerous to the status-quo today in 2014, if properly researched and understood.

They both were real human beings, with strengths and shortcomings. They were not angelic figures without faults. They were sons, husbands, fathers etc. just like many of us. They both were apart of organizations, Martin (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Malcolm (Nation of Islam, later Organization for Afro-American Unity & Muslim Mosque Inc.). These men didn’t not operate as lone superstars, rather were key figures in their respective organizations and a larger movement with many formations.

Minister Malcolm X stood at the crossroads in many ways for great contributing groups to the African/Black community in America and around the world. Looking backward and forward in his life we will find him intersecting and influencing formations including: Universal Negro Improvement Association, Nation of Islam, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Black Panther Party, Revolutionary Action Movement, Republic of New Africa, African Independence Movements/Countries, Civil Rights and Black Power formations of all stripes. His analysis and communication skills are worthy of our attention today.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, his speeches “Message to the Grassroots” and “The Ballot or the Bullet” are good starting points for study. It is our responsibility to define for ourselves who and what is important in our history. Minister Malcolm X is very important, happy birthday ancestor!

Written by Kofi Taharka


Brother Malcolm “ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz” X

anonymous asked:

What books would you recommend for a beginner who wants to "get conscious"?

They Came Before Columbus by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima

The Blueprint For Black Power by Dr. Amos Wilson

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: The Rise of European Capitalism by Dr. John Henrik Clarke

The Miseducation of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Precolonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop

Black Skin White Mask by Frantz Fanon

Assata by Assata Shakur

Soledad Brothers by George Jackson

The Philosophies and Teachings of Marcus Garvey

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Yurugu by Dr. Marimba Ani

So much more…but remember, Buy from Black-Owned Bookstores such as these:
African American Books, African American Novels, African American Authors

Banned Books Week / 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The Library of Congress created an exhibit, “Books that Shaped America,” that explores books that “have had a profound effect on American life.” Below is a list of books from that exhibit that have been banned/challenged.

Keep reading

icarusfelicis: Thought I’d get in on the fun. In no particular order:

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

My personal blog is

anonymous asked:

Name ten book every black people should read?

More than ten:

They Came Before Columbus by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima

The Blueprint For Black Power by Dr. Amos Wilson

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: The Rise of European Capitalism by Dr. John Henrik Clarke

The Miseducation of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Precolonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop

Black Skin White Mask by Frantz Fanon

Assata by Assata Shakur

Soledad Brothers by George Jackson

The Philosophies and Teachings of Marcus Garvey

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Yurugu by Dr. Marimba Ani

So much more…but remember, Buy from Black-Owned Bookstores such as these:
African American Books, African American Novels, African American Authors