The classic “Autobiography of Malcom X” is getting a new release with three “lost” chapters and a foreword written by his daughter, Ilyash Shabazz. There’s an interesting story here on why the chapters were left out in the first place. Pop the hood.
Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, has agreed to write the foreword to three chapters omitted from the original “Autobiography of Malcolm X.” Released in 1965, the classic returned to No. 1 on the best-seller list 30 years later. The “lost” chapters were recently discovered by Detroit attorney Gregory Reed who acquired them, at auction, from the estate of Alex Haley, who co-wrote the book with Malcolm. Shabazz, author of “Growing Up X,” says she believes “the chapters were omitted because they showed too much of my father’s humanity.” Reed plans to release them during a commemorative celebration of what would have been Malcolm’s 85th birthday on May 19 at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center, the former Audubon Ballroom in Harlem where he was assassinated in February 1965.
We’re really curious to find out what she means by “too much of my father’s humanity.”