The Legacy of Malcolm X

The life and philosophy of Malcolm X remain a vital source of inspiration for youth around the world, especially in the African diaspora. Malcolm X’s persuasive influences are key to understanding social movements emerging in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere. How is this remarkable leader’s legacy understood in different parts of the world? How is his thought captured and disseminated by black music, from revolutionary jazz to global hip hop? And how are governments trying to represent his message?

HISHAM AIDI is the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth CultureRedeploying the State, and coeditor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam. He teaches at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The AtlanticForeign AffairsThe New Yorker, and Salon. Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society.

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear MeIs Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He was named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, DC.

JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is Chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation. He is the creator of the critically acclaimed radio program, New Day Jazz, now in its 15th year. His poetry and journalism have appeared in AmerarcanaBlack Renaissance Noire (NYU), Drumvoices Revue (SIUE), and Konch. His most recent publications are Passion Provocation & Prophecy, with Jack Hirschman, and Black Hollywood Unchained, edited by Ishmael Reed.