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December 28, 2020


#Non-Fiction The Dead Are Arising

by N@ncy



  1. Decades of research went into the creation of
  2. The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
  3. by Les Payne and Tamara Payne, a fully realized portrait of Malcolm X.
  4. Pulitzer Prize winner Les Payne set out to interview anyone
  5. who had ever known Malcolm X, and after his death in 2018,
  6. his daughter and researcher Tamara Payne completed his work.
  7. This was a absloutely stunning book!
  8. Part 1: Malcolm’s young years 1- 15 yrs
  9. Part 2: Malcom move to live with half sister in  Boston
  10. ….he is street wise and soon ends up in jail.
  11. These two sections are just the pre-show
  12. …and can feel a bit slow at times.
  13. Do not stop reading because Malcolm’s biography
  14. … is a riveting a page-turner!
  15. Les Payne has included many new items of information
  16. that  Malcolm X…LEFT out of his own
  17. autobiography written with Alex Haley.


Last Thoughts:

  1. This book filled in a lot of gaps in my memory of the 1960s.
  2. Growing up I had heard of Malcom X
  3. ….but only knew he was assassinated on February 25 1965.
  4. Why?  Who was involved?  I had no idea.
  5. The mainstream media placed
  6. …the spotlight on Martin Luther King
  7. …and left Malcom X in the shadows of my mind.
  8. Now…finally I know why Malcom X was killed
  9. …but it took 55 years and the painstaking research of Les Payne
  10. to solve this crime
  11. #MustRead
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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. This sounds excellent, what a pity the author didn’t live to see it published.


    • Jan 6 2021

      The author was mentioned in the book as one of the college students
      who attended a lecture/speech by Malcolm X
      “…Malcolm also changed the way Les Payne viewed himself. As a college student in 1963, he had heard Malcolm speak in Hartford, Connecticut
      On that June night, my father (introduction was written by Payne’s co-author, his daughter) came face-to-face with his own self-loathing. Malcolm X addressed the race issue head-on:

      “Now I know you don’t want to be called ‘Black,’ ” he said. … ”You want to be called ‘Negro.’ But what does ‘Negro’ mean except ‘black’ in Spanish? So what you are saying is: ‘It’s OK to call me ‘black’ in Spanish, but don’t call me black in English.”

      Later, in “The Night I Stopped Being a Negro,” an essay that was first published in a collection titled “When Race Becomes Real,” Payne wrote that he (Les Payne) had entered “Bushnell Hall as a Negro with a capital ‘N’ and wandered out into the parking lot—as a Black man.”
      The book was deeply personal for Les Payne.
      Thanks for your comment!



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