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For Black History Month, we re-air our conversation with Tamara Payne about her late father Les Payneâ€™s acclaimed biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising. It won the National Book Award in 2020.
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Books and movies about Malcolm X abound. Thereâ€™s the Autobiography of Malcolm X, of course, co-written with Alex Haleyâ€”and countless books followed. Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in Spike Leeâ€™s movie about him and there was also a PBS documentary, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, among other films.
But Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payneâ€™s new biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising, goes where none have gone before.
With his daughter Tamara, who was his principal researcher and wrote a terrific introduction to the book, Les Payne delved deeply into Malcolmâ€™s background and upbringing. He interviewed his family and many other sources who have never been tapped before. And the depth of research extended to cover the rest of Malcolmâ€™s lifeâ€”including a never-before detailed description of Malcolm’s meeting with the KKK.
The Dead Are Arising not only gives a wealth of detail but also historical context to weave a rich tapestry of the life and times of one of the most important and influential figures in American history.
Les Payne died in 2018. His daughter Tamara Payne brought his magnum opus to publication.