I would be interested in your findings on the book.
Well, I read the book a couple of times as I am very interested in the life and ideology of Malcolm X. This book was really a memoir of him by his nephew Rodnell Collins and his deceased sister Ella Collins. Also with the aid of friend and author Peter Bailey.
What I found interesting about this book was they gave his life from the perspective of his sister and other family members. I think that added another texture to his life that many people overlook in favor of his ministry.
I didn't know that Malcolm X had several attempts on his life prior to his assasination. There were at least 2 attempts on his pilgrimage to Africa. Another thing that humanized him was that he was in fact a person who enjoyed doing things like eating pecan pies that his aunts in Boston made for he and his sister. Other things also that humanized him was his conscience about some of the things that went on in the NOI as time progressed as noticed by he and his sister Ella who were both members of the Nation. However, he was such a good Muslim that he overlooked some things. His sister Ella, left the NOI and became a traditional sunni Muslim.
There were things like George Rockwell donating money to the NOI and being allowed to attend Savior's Day with a few of his high ranking members, in the front row no less! There allegations that the National minister, John Ali (?) and Elijah Muhammed's children were pilfering money for their own personal gains as well as Elijah Muhammed. There were incidents of members being forced to give although they had already given to attend functions like Savior's Day. There were quotas on temple's on how much they were to raise every month. Also it is alleged that John Ali was in fact a turn coat FBI iformant. Wait, I think that's in a book by Karl Evanzz. These things are what the book alledges that happened back then.
My take on it is this Malcolm X was a good man who did his personal best to serve God and serve his people.
Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965