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The Diary of Malcolm X

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The Diary of Malcolm X

The Diary of Malcolm X
Editors Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Shabazz
Author Malcolm X
Pages 236

The Diary of Malcolm X is a record of Malcolm X's thoughts during 1964, a year that included his pilgrimage to Mecca and two trips to Africa. The diary was scheduled for publication in 2013, but a legal dispute between the publisher and some of Malcolm X's daughters resulted in a delay.


  • Diary 1
  • Lawsuit 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


The diary is part of the collection of Malcolm X's papers that his daughters loaned to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, in 2003.[1] It is the private journal kept by the human rights leader during 1964, a year he largely spent traveling in Africa and the Middle East,[2] and scholars consider it "a document of incalculable historical importance".[3]

In 2013, Third World Press launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to help publish the diary, which was edited by journalist Herb Boyd and Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz. Publication was expected on November 15, 2013.[2]


Days before the scheduled publication date, Third World Press was sued by X Legacy LLC, a corporation that represents the daughters of Malcolm X. X Legacy won a temporary restraining order, claiming Third World Press did not have the right to publish the book. Third World Press said it had a valid, signed contract. An unnamed source familiar with the suit said the plaintiffs were "probably [Ilyasah’s sisters] Attallah, Quibilah, and Gamela Shabazz", adding that of the remaining sisters, Malaak supported Ilyasah and Malikah was not involved.[3]

At a hearing on November 22, Judge Laura Taylor Swain extended the restraining order until a hearing can be held in January 2014. Lawyers for X Legacy said that there had been reports that Third World Press was selling the diary online despite the restraining order, a claim denied by the publisher's lawyer. The publisher's lawyer argued at the hearing that they had a contract with one of Malcolm X's daughter's to publish the diary; a lawyer for X Legacy said that no contract was valid unless all six daughters agreed.[4]

X Legacy said it intends to publish the diary in February 2015, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X.[4] After this announcement, the final disputes were resolved and the diary went on sale in the fall of 2014.


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