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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

by Walter Dean Myers

Published by Scholastic Hardcover, 1993
224 pages
ISBN: 0-590-46484-1

Ages 9 - 14

A riveting opening chapter relates the now-legendary nonviolent standoff between the Black Muslims and precinct police following a street incident in Harlem and introduces Malcolm's multi-faceted authority. Carefully selected archival photographs and other illustrative material, a chronology, bibliography and index contribute to the considerable substance of this compelling volume illuminating the life of an African-American man whose mid-20th century deeds and writings continue to inspire many youth and adults today. Myers draws implicit parallels between today's challenges for some African-American youth and some of the experiences during the early years of the self-made survivor who became Malcolm X, by showing how in his youth, Malcolm expressed the universal need to belong. Through showing the changes Malcolm made in his own life, Myers demonstrates that youth do not have to fail themselves even though people and institutions fail them. An absorbing biography introduces this important leader to youth not yet ready for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Honor Book, 1992 CCBC Coretta Scott King Award Discussion: Writing.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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