Family Of Malcolm X Sues To Prevent Publication Of His Diary


The family of Malcolm X launched a lawsuit to stop the publication of a diary of the late civil-rights leader’s last year. With papers filed to Manhattan federal court, the heirs of Malcolm X say Third World press does not have the right for publication.

“The Diary of Malcolm X” is a reproduction of a private diary that he kept during his travel through the Middle East and Africa immediately before the assassination. The book is scheduled to be published this week with one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, listed as a co-editor.

Bennett Johnson, the vice-president of Third World Press, said it had a signed contract with one of Malcolm X’s daughters. A video on the website of Third World Press shows Shabazz speaking about the book, alongside journalist Herb Boyd, who is also listed as co-editor. [see video below]

“It’s really beautiful that we get to see Malcolm in his own voice – without scholars, historians or observers saying what he was thinking or what he was doing or what he meant” said Shabazz.