After interviewing Ilyasah Shabazz, the producers of NPR's "Tell Me More with Michel Martin" contacted me for clarification on how my work with Dr. Manning Marable related to his pubished work, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
On Monday, April 25, they posted my response:
As one of the lead researchers on the Malcolm X Project, I often discussed and debated various aspects of Malcolm X's history with Dr. Manning Marable, unaware if and how those discussions would eventually play out in his book. So for me, reading "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," was my first opportunity to see how Dr. Marable was able to synthesize the many sources and voices he researched, and discussions and debates he had while completing the biography. It is my belief that he would want those discussions and debates to continue, as we continue to grapple with the life and legacy of Malcolm X.