Black History Month Program

A Discussion of Manning Marable's Biography of Malcolm X

photo of Doug E. TaylorPlease join us in the Black Studies Division at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library on February 21, at 6:30 p.m. for a stimulating discussion of the late Manning Marable's final work, Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. This discussion of Marable's controversial biography of Malcolm X will be led by Dr. Doug E. Taylor, Assistant Professor of English at Howard University.

Taylor's research explores the relationship between literature and radical politics during the 1960s and 1970s. From the poetry and drama of the Black Arts movement to the prison autobiographies of figures such as George Jackson, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver and Malcolm X, literature played an important role in shaping the politics of this era. Taylor has authored several articles, including "Three Lean Cats in a Hall of Mirrors: James Baldwin, Norman Mailer and Eldridge Cleaver on Race and Masculinity" (2010) and the soon-to-be published "Showdown: Symbolic Violence and Masculine Performance in The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As Told to Alex Haley)." In addition, he co-edited, along with William L. Andrews, Richard Wright's Black Boy (American Hunger): A Casebook (2003). He currently has a book under contract with Lexington Press, prospectively titled: African American Prison Literature of the 1960s and 1970s: Outlaws, Nationalists and Revolutionaries.<