Missing Chapter Of Malcolm X's Autobiography Acquired By Harlem Library
A library in New York City is now the home of a missing part of Malcolm X‘s autobiography.
Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently won the bid for a missing chapter from X’s autobiography as well as a manuscript for the book containing notes exchanged between X and his collaborator, Alex Haley. The chapter, titled “The Negro,” was purchased for $7,000, according to the New York Times.
The Times also included an excerpt from “The Negro,” which is marked as “Chapter 15.”
“The Western World is sick. The American society — with the song of Christianity providing the white man with the illusion that what he has done to the black man is ‘right’ — is as sick as Babylon,” the chapter begins. “And the black man here in this wilderness, the so-called ‘Negro,’ is sickest of them all.”
The Times also offers some details on the manuscript:
“The manuscript for the published book shows the push and pull between Haley’s revisions and queries and Malcolm X’s, which were generally in red ink. In some places, Haley urges him to pull back on the soapbox pronouncements or to tone down the fierce denunciations of white people.”
“In others, he affirms Malcolm X’s comments, as in a passage describing corruption in ‘some of America’s topmost white circles,’ where he pencils in ‘I know!'”
Prior to this, the Schomburg acquired the personal archive of iconic author James Baldwin. The archive includes 30 linear feet of handwritten letters and manuscripts; handwritten and typed drafts of essays, novels and short stories; unpublished and published creative works in their nascent and final stages; and much more.
Source: The New York Times