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Over the years, Democracy Now! has interviewed many scholars, journalists, activists and political figures about the life and legacy of Malcolm X.

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  • Last August, New York’s incoming governor, David Paterson, spoke at Riverside Church in Manhattan during the funeral of the jazz legend Max Roach. In his address, Paterson invoked the memory of blacklisted actor and singer Paul Robeson, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and black nationalist leader Malcolm X. [includes rush transcript]
    March 13, 2008 | Story
  • Forty-three years ago this week, Malcolm X was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Yuri Kochiyama cradled his head as he lay dying on the stage. Kochiyama’s activism began after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when she and her family were held in an internment camp along with more than 100,000 Japanese in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
    February 20, 2008 | Story
  • Howardzinn
    The new play "Rebel Voices" is based on the book, "Voices of a People’s History of the United States," by historian Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. It features dramatic readings of speeches, letters, poems, songs and petitions of people like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, as well as contemporary voices such as Iraq War resister Camilo Mejía. [includes rush transcript]
    November 09, 2007 | Story
  • Marable
    Today we spend the hour examining the life of Malcolm X — one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. Saturday would have been his 82nd birthday. We broadcast excerpts of Malcolm X in his own words and speak to Columbia University professor Manning Marable, who is working on a major biography titled, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" to be published in 2009. Marable is the founding director of the...
    May 21, 2007 | Story
  • Yuri_kochiyama
    It was 41 years ago today when Malcolm X was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Yuri Kochiyama cradled his head as he lay dying on the stage. Kochiyama’s activism began after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when she and her family were held in an internment camp along with more than 100,000 Japanese in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
    February 21, 2006 | Story
  • Malcolm-x-8
    We turn now to the words of Malcolm X, who was assassinated 41 years ago today in New York City as he spoke before a packed audience in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. He was just 39 years old. This is an excerpt of a speech he gave in Detroit on April 12, 1964 — just a year before he was gunned down. It is known as "The Ballot or the Bullet." [includes rush transcript]
    February 21, 2006 | Story
  • 2005-0519_manning-marable-1
    Malcolm X was born 80 years ago today. To commemorate the occasion we hear a speech by Columbia University professor Manning Marable chronicling his life. Marable is currently working on a major new biography of Malcolm X which is tentatively titled, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." [includes rush transcript]
    May 19, 2005 | Story
  • Malcolm-x-7
    On the 80th anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday, we broadcast excerpts of the documentary, "Malcolm X: Make it Plain," produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell. It includes rare archival footage of Malcolm X, as well as interviews with such figures as John Henrik Clarke, Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis, and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    May 19, 2005 | Story
  • On this the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spend the hour with historian Manning Marable who has spent a decade working on a new biography of Malcolm X. He is one of the few historians to see the three missing chapters from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" that he says paint a very different picture than the book with Alex Haley and Spike Lee’s film. Marable has also had unprecedented access to...
    February 21, 2005 | Story
  • Angelou_05
    On Saturday thousands of mourners filled Riverside Church in Harlem for the funeral of Ossie Davis. Davis died Feb. 4 while on location for a film in Florida. He was 87 years old. For five decades, Ossie Davis led a distinguished career as an actor, playwright and director. Along with his wife, Ruby Dee, he was a renowned civil rights activist and an unforgettable figure in the African American struggle for equality. Speakers at...
    February 14, 2005 | Story