For release: March 1, 2013
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The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will
host a lecture about its 2011 National Book Award winner, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, on Tuesday, March 19, in the University Center Theatre. A reception will begin at
5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage adjacent to the University Center.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention was written by the late Manning Marable. In addition to receiving the Hooks Institute
National Book Award, it won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history and is regarded as
a model for historical biographies.
Over the course of his life, the man born Malcolm Little donned multiple masks. He
was a hustler, prisoner, preacher, celebrity, villain and hero. He earned his place
in history as a scathing critic of American race relations, a counterpoint to the
nonviolent civil rights movement, and a voice of black nationalism heard throughout
Marable deftly charted Malcolm X’s political evolution, while also revealing extraordinary
details about his personal life. A longtime professor at Columbia University and former
director of Columbia’s Center for Contemporary Black History, Marable died in April
2011, just before the publication of his masterwork.
Zaheer Ali, project manager and principal researcher for Marable’s book, will deliver
the lecture. He is also the project manager for The Malcolm X Project at Columbia
University, an initiative to chronicle the life of Malcolm X through documents, materials
and other media. Ali’s lecture will explore perspectives on the impact of the life
of Malcolm X on race relations in America and abroad.
In 1996, University of Memphis officials received approval from the Tennessee Board
of Regents to create the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in the College
of Arts & Sciences. The mission of the Institute is teaching, studying, and promoting
civil rights and social change. The Hooks Institute archives include Hooks’ personal
papers, which are housed in the Mississippi Valley Collection in the University’s