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Third World Press 

7822 South Dobson Avenue

Chicago, IL 60619
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Phone: 773-651-0700    Fax: 773-651-7286                
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Third World Press Announces the Landmark Publication of The Diary of Malcolm X edited by Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Al-Shabazz

Chicago, October 4, 2013—Third World Press announces the forthcoming publication of The Diary of Malcolm X.  In 1964, Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, made two trips to Africa and the Middle East.  During those trips, he kept copious notes. Malcolm’s transcribed notes, along with annotations and commentary by editors Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, comprise the entirety of this remarkable diary.

    “From the pages of his Diary,” said his daughter Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, “we hear his voice distilled and pure, devoid of outside interference, manipulation or intent.  With his Diary, the entire world can now accurately assess the value, contribution and magnitude of Malcolm X.”


      The Diary captures Malcolm in all his complexity, reveals some of his trepidations, and above all his humanity as he encountered a coterie of dignitaries, world leaders, and ordinary people who were as mesmerized by his genius as he was in wonder of the often challenging new cultures he experienced from country to country.


      Readers will discover how significantly The Diary of Malcolm X complements his autobiography, at times filling in the blanks, expanding an incident, and adding context to moments sometimes only mentioned in passing in the autobiography.


      “One of the most astonishing revelations we learn from The Diary of Malcolm X is the possible CIA agent who was shadowing Malcolm  in Africa and the Middle East,” said Herb Boyd.  “In his autobiography Malcolm X believed he had discovered who that agent was but a close reading of The Diary discloses an even more surprising man who may have been the spook on Malcolm’s trail.”


      For several years The Diary and other priceless memorabilia—since they were rescued by the family from a proposed auction—have been stored at the Schomburg Center and the publication of The Diary is just the beginning of other projects, including his letters, photographs, and films that will further advance our understanding of Malcolm and his monumental contributions to Black empowerment and possibility.


      “It is, as it has always been, on us to continue the good and corrective work that Malcolm and our fore-parents prepared us for,” poet and publisher Haki R. Madhubuti said in his Foreword to the book.  “The Diary of Malcolm X is a transcended document to support us in such efforts.  The editors, in their deliberations, careful annotations and commentary, have given us oxygen in the actual language of our brother and leader.  The only question left is: will we accept his daunting challenge?”


      The Diary of Malcolm X is scheduled for release on November 15, 2013.


Third World Press has a book release event scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Malcolm X and Dr. Bettye Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. 


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If you would like more information on release of The Diary of Malcolm X, or to schedule book talks with the editors, please contact Third World Press at 773-651-0700 or Patrick M. Oliver at patrickoliver@speakloudly.com

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WBEZ Radio in Chicago reported yesterday (Nov 12, 2013)  that Malcolm X's heirs are suing Chicago’s Third World Press claiming that the forthcoming publication ‘The Diary of Malcolm X’ is unauthorized.


Bennett Johnson Vice President of Third World Press is interviewed: https://soundcloud.com/wbez/chicagos-third-world-press

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