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  • Members of the Nation of Islam were convicted for assassinating Malcolm X.
  • Should she be teaching these students to write poetry when they need to know how to defend themselves from someone beating them up? Can a memoir by Malcolm X or a novel by Garcia Marquez save them from the daily blows?
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Malcolm X had been killed the year before and had grown larger in death than in life.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • "Tuesdays with Morrie" By Mitch Albom 33 One time, a group of black students took over Ford Hall on the Brandeis campus, draping it in a banner that read Malcolm X University.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie

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  • For instance, reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X—a book that begins and ends in I the madness and pathology of America’s racial obsessions—is a rite of passage for young black men.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The walls were covered with Black Power posters, pictures of Malcolm X, and green, red, and black maps of Africa.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • He would go down Malcolm X, and when he reached 110th Street, he would climb a stone stairway, overarched with leafy trees.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I discovered Claude Brown’s Manchild In The Promised Land, Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul On Ice, and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. I found poetry by Don L. Lee and LeRoi Jones (now known as Haki R. Madhubuti and Amiri Baraka, respectively).
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • She wears glasses that might have belonged to Malcolm X. She eyes the paint chips with precision; though she seeks the advice of her guests, she has already made up her mind about which permutation of the shade she will choose.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • We walked down to a lot on Malcolm X Bouleyard.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!

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  • I got some cigarettes from a guy who told me he was in on a drugstore robbery up on Malcolm X Boulevard.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • I got riled up by "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "The Chomsky Reader"; Heidi read aloud passages from "The Anxiety of Influence."
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • Even Malcolm X, one of the fieriest black leaders in America, railed against the Children’s Crusade, stating that "real men don’t put their children on the firing line."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • When Malcolm X, the supposed demon of the white man, was killed, I asked her who he was and she said, "He was a man ahead of his time."
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • When Malcolm X talked about "the white devil" Mommy simply felt those references didn’t apply to her.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • She actually liked Malcolm X. She put him in nearly the same category as her other civil rights heroes, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedys-any Kennedy.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • My little sister Kathy and I would creep to the top of the stairs in our underwear, listening as the Big Kids had animated conversations about "changing the system" and "the revolution," extolling the virtues of Martin Luther King over Malcolm X and vice versa, and playing records by the Last Poets.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Deo hadn’t been there in five years, and as we walked up Malcolm X Boulevard past rank after rank of renovated brownstones and gutted brownstones covered with scaffolding and clusters of new chain stores and banks, he made exclamations.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I remembered something I had heard about Malcolm X. He had said that when he was preaching on the corners in Harlem he was fishing for the dead.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • When he walked out onto the sidewalk of Malcolm X Boulevard, he was met by a noise as loud and constant as the waterfall on the Siguvyaye River, but much less peaceful: a mingled noise of car horns and sirens and shouts and babbling voices and a blaring, tuneless music made up of words he didn’t understand, words spoken emphatically over thumping sounds so deep he felt as though he heard them in his chest.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Malcolm X, too.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • It was full of Malcolm X, Saigon, the Beatles, tennis at Wimbledon, and a motel in Jackson, Mississippi, that closed down rather than accept Negro guests, but nothing about me and Rosaleen.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Kind, gentle, Sunday school children who had been taught to say proudly, "I am a Negro," and recite the deeds of Jackie Robinson and Paul Robeson now turned to Malcolm X and H. Rap Brown and Martin Luther King for inspiration.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • His conversations were all about the race riots in New Jersey, policemen taking their nightsticks to Negro boys who threw rocks, about Molotov cocktails, sit-ins, righteous causes, Malcolm X, and the Afro-American Unity group giving the Ku Klux Klan a taste of their own medicine.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
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