A Tribute to Malcolm X

Done in 1967 by director Madeline Anderson, who was the first African-American woman to direct and produce a television documentary in America, this is 12 minutes of essential watching. The documentary was produced for the William Greaves-produced WNET Program Black Journal. It includes an interview with Malcolm X’s widow, Dr. Betty Shabazz conducted a short time after his assassination in 1965.

Shot in 16mm and in black and white, it drips of authenticity. Anderson did this to mark the fourth anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. It starts with the emotional images of his memorial with the narrator speaking of how important he was to the African-American people. His wife’s interview gives us a picture of a young Malcolm – his childhood and growing up in Boston. We then move on to integration in the U.S. and how after visiting Mecca, Malcolm was even more sure that integration was and would not work. So he wanted to align the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. to become a human rights issue which would align African-Americans with other marginalized populations around the globe.

Plenty of information in a short time. Definitely will have you thinking afterwards.

A Tribute to Malcolm X can be watched on OVID.

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