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A Marked Man: The Assassination of Malcolm X
by Matt Doeden
February 21, 1965. Controversial civil rights leader Malcolm X is gunned down during a speech in Manhattan. Few were shocked by the news of Malcolm X's death. Since 1952 the former member of the Nation of Islam had supported the Nation's philosophy of violence as the method to achieve justice for blacks in the United States. But in March 1964, after a major shift in his ph ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
(first published December 28th 2012)
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"A black man should give his life to be free, and he should also be willing to take the life of those who want to take his." Unlike Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X was determined to change the situation for black Americans more quickly. In the early 1950s, he started advocating violence as a way to best achieve these goals, and had the Nation of Islam behind his methods. There is a good explanation about the differences between traditional Islam and the Nation of Islam, and Louis Farakkhan. E ...more
I've long had mixed feelings about Malcolm X. On the one hand, the man had a great passion for his cause and he expressed himself powerfully. But on the other hand, his long expressed ideas about hate for whites and the use of violence to achieve black rights I don't agree with at all. Yet I learned some really interesting things reading this book. The information about Malcolm's background caused me to empathize with tragedies of his life. His father's death when he was six, watching his home b ...more
I enjoyed this book, learned a lot, and am really glad that I bought two copies for the middle school library where I work. Often biographies of people who died a long time ago (over 50 years ago for Malcolm X) feel stuffy and old. I was glad to see that this 2013 biography was published and included both old photos from when Malcolm X was alive, and also more recent photos such as a picture of his six daughters (along with updates on all of them), a more recent photo of Betty, and also a recent ...more
This is a great introduction to the figure Malcolm X. I knew very little going into this book, and was surprised to discover the man behind the name. This book was informative, and I think will make a great asset to a middle school library for anyone interested in the Civil Rights Movement. It was a candid look at how African-Americans felt and were treated throughout the history of the Americas. I am keenly interested now to see if there is an autobiography of Malcolm's wife. She strikes me as ...more
This was more engaging than the Gandhi assassination-memoir from the same series, and with better design choices. Historical context is somewhat abbreviated - understandable, the book is only 88 pages long - but in some cases I feel like the text glosses over complex issues or makes sweeping statements that aren't entirely accurate.
Matt Doeden was born in southern Minnesota and lived parts of his childhood in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Madison, Minnesota. He studied journalism at Mankato State University, where he worked at the college newspaper for three years. In his senior year, he served as the paper's Sports Editor, which put him in charge of the entire sports section, the sports writers, and the photographers. He co ...moreMore about Matt Doeden...