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Schomburg Center acquires missing chapters from Malcolm X's autobiography

Kevin Young

New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has purchased a number of never-before-published writings by Malcolm X. Among the writings are three chapters from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which were cut from the book after his assassination in 1965 because they were considered too controversial. In 1992, a biographer was allowed to look at the chapters for fifteen minutes, but aside from this they have been kept from the public. The poet and critic Kevin Young, the Schomburg’s director, says: “The Autobiography is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. To have the version with Malcolm X’s corrections, and to be able to see his thoughts taking shape, is incredibly powerful.”

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