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Cullman Center Institute for Teachers: The Autobiography of Malcolm X



The Autobiography of Malcolm X has surprisingly wide appeal as a coming-of-age story, perhaps because of its message of spiritual growth and intellectual change. But Malcolm X also became an icon of militant defiance. How can his book represent such a contradictory legacy? What about this controversial tale continues to fascinate? What would young women find in it? Does it carry the same message for black youth as for white?

An essayist and novelist, Darryl Pinckney is the author of the novel High Cotton and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His writing appears frequently in The New York Review of Books. He teaches creative writing at The New School.

This seminar is by application only and the deadline to apply has passed.


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  • Audience: Teachers, K-12 Educators