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It was a request to which the editors at Playboy, a magazine that had made its reputation and its fortune by 39 ALEX HALEY 40 shocking the public, were all too eager to give their consent. Malcolm X still had his doubts. ’” The magazine printed every last word of it, however, and the article quickly became the talk of the nation. An editor at Grove Press, a publishing house known at the time for its controversial and trend-setting books, was so impressed with the Malcolm X Haley was able to encourage Malcolm X to move beyond the rhetoric of the Nation of Islam and share insight into the childhood that had shaped him, as revealed in this excerpt from the beginning of The Autobiography of Malcolm X: When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.
Malcolm X snorted that no white man’s promise was worth the paper it was on. . 50 ALEX HALEY correct America’s human problem. The well-meaning white people . . had to combat, actively and directly, the racism in other white people. ” When Malcolm X and Haley had first embarked on the project two years earlier, the Black Muslim minister had demanded of his collaborator that he wanted “a writer . . ” In many ways, Haley was exactly that, chronicling Malcolm X’s beliefs and reminiscences almost verbatim, even when they were directed angrily at him.
Something about the great black slab of engraved stone and its history captivated him, and sent his mind reeling back to his grandmother’s stories and the strange, indecipherable words she often used to tell him. It was all he could do, in fact, to keep his attention focused on the remarkable story that the museum’s tour guide was patiently relating to the crowd. Discovered by Napoleon’s army in the Nile Delta in 1799, the Rosetta Stone contained three parallel texts: one in Greek, one in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the third in a previously unknown language.