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The Making of Malcolm

Making Malcolm:The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X
Malcolm X, one of the most complex and enigmatic African-American leaders ever, was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 and died in 1965; Malcolm's life has increasingly acquired a mythic stature (p.3). Malcolm X was one of the Civil Rights Movements most loved and also revered leaders and M. Dyson looks to explore some of the myth and fact about such an influential man.
M. Dyson starts by historically and politically giving background information about the making of Malcolm into one of the most controversial, yet influential figures in the Civil Rights Movement.M. Dyson gives the reader warning, "Malcolm’s complexity resists neat categories of analysis and rigid conclusions about his meaning (p.14);
Dyson starts the book giving a ;critical reading; of the books on the Malcolm X.M. Dyson covers different books about Malcolm and does so by placing them into 4 different categories:
c.) Malcolm X as a vehicle for psychohistorical
d.) Malcolm X as a revolutionary figure
M. Dyson aims to critique the different interpretations of Malcolm X and assess the different reasons for the designation of these roles. M. Dyson looks into the use of Malcolm X in forms of re-creation and reproduction of the 1960;s cultural nationalism.M. Dyson explains how they kept from turning Malcolm X into a sort of iconic figure on both the cultural nationalism and multiculturalism aspects.M. Dyson challenges black bourgeois nationalists downplay of Malcolm X;s legacy, even as M. Dyson states that these transgressors ;that the door of the church remain open.;
M. Dyson critiques and challenges the use of Malcolm X;s persona in black popular culture.Although he makes an interesting argument about the way in which Malcolm X is portrayed and used to deflect

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