The Awakening of Malcolm X

by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson

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No one can be at peace until he has his freedom.

In Charlestown Prison, Malcolm Little struggles with the weight of his past. Plagued by nightmares, he drifts through days unsure of his future. Slowly, he befriends other prisoners and writes to his family. He reads all the books in the prison library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam. Malcolm grapples with race, politics, religion, and justice in the 1940s. And as his time in jail comes to an end, he begins to awaken - emerging from prison more than just Malcolm Little: Now, he is Malcolm X.

Here is an intimate look at Malcolm X's young adult years. While this book chronologically follows X: A Novel (Candlewick), it can be read as a standalone historical novel that invites larger discussions on structural racism, prison reform, and civil rights.
  • ISBN10 0374313296
  • ISBN13 9780374313296
  • Publish Date 5 January 2021
  • Publish Status Active
  • Out of Print 10 January 2023
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 336
  • Language English