Sunday, April 18, 2021

The ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Gets Audible Release Starring Laurence Fishburne

*Since it was published in 1965, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” has sold millions of copies around the world, and it will now reach a new audience with the Audible release of an unabridged audio version. 

Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, said she hopes the audiobook, performed by actor Laurence Fishburne, “will inspire today’s activists and create a shared understanding with the civil rights leaders of the 1960s.”

“His life resonates with so many people who find themselves at a crossroads, especially young people in underserved communities,” Shabazz told NBC News. “When you have people who are weary — whether they are young or they are old — with the way that our system works, they seemed to find a lot of solace in it.”

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“The book invites a full assessment of Malcolm’s life, it offers a reassessment of what people thought of him,” said Zaheer Ali, a historian and senior fellow at the Pillars Fund, a Muslim American philanthropic organization. 

“The book became almost the sacred text of the Black Power movement,” Ali added. “It was almost like the bible, if you will, for many people, especially many young people, who were moving into the Black Power phase of the Black freedom movement.”

He also noted that the book’s publication came “at a time where the civil rights movement itself was being transformed,” with the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

 “It’s not just a historical book, it’s a hero’s journey of struggling with white supremacy,” said Margari Hill, the executive director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. “While it ended in tragedy with his assassination it also showed his power. Why were people so afraid of him? What were they trying to uphold?”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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