The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson
By Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson, Hardback
"No one can be at peace until he has his freedom."
Here is an intimate look at Malcolm X's young adult years. While this book chronologically followsX: A Novel(Candlewick), it can be read as a standalone historical novel that invites larger discussions on structural racism, prison reform, and civil rights.
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.
About the author:
Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of multiple award-winning publications, including her latest book,Betty Before X. She is also an active advocacy worker and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. ilyasahshabazz.com
Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including the NAACP Image Award-nominatedAllegedlyandMonday's Not Coming, a Walter Dean Myers Honored Book and Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award winner. She received her BA in film from Howard University, her MA in media studies from the New School. writeinbk.com