Radical Histories: Consciousness Reacts

As Malcolm X lost his perfect vision, straining his eyes to read through the dim light captured by the cleavage of his cell door, he learnt the history of blacks in America. I have read his autobiography and it is clear that among its cardinal desire is to make a point on history. History, Malcolm X insisted, had been hidden from African Americans, left out of textbooks and public discussion. He knew that if it was only torn from the shadows and the stories of African civilization and the slave-trade…

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