PamphletGeorge Breitman. Malcolm X: The Man and His Ideas. New York: Pioneer Publishers, 1965. First printing. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. 24 pages. Slim octavo. Speech given by George Breitman to the Friday Night Socialist Forum at Eugene V. Debs Hall in Detroit on March 5, 1965; in which the author outlines the life and legacy of Malcolm X, starting with this childhood and focusing on his political evolution and decision to leave the Nation of Islam in 1964. Delivered just one month after the famed political leader’s assassination on March 5, 1965, Breitman acknowledges that it is not yet possible to “see him in full perspective,” but emphasizes the importance of working through the pain of grief since “a stunning blow to the struggles does not destroy the struggle.”
Breitman closes his speech by calling on the audience and readers to carry on the legacy of Malcom X and support the young people who will carry on his work and take the load of leading the movement. Very good. Light wear and toning to wrapper extremities. Decorative bookplate of former owner to inner rear wrapper; faint diagonal crease to corner of same.