As part of the Festival of the Arts, the Michigan Humanities Council is sponsoring the sixth round of the Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program focusing in humanities themes. They will be discussing “X” by Ilyasah Shabazz on Thursday, February 22nd at 3:00pm in FLITE.
The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganders by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity. This year’s selection is “X”: a novel written by the daughter of Malcolm X, Illyasah Shabazz, and Kekla Magoon. While written in a style especially appealing to teens and young adults, the book is appropriate for all ages. It does not cover his entire life, but a discussion of the book will be led by Dr. Kimn Carleton-Smith, a historian and civil rights scholar, who will fill in the missing details.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Litter on May 19th, 1925. His family moved a number of times until they settled in Lansing in 1929. Malcolm was a young man with boundless potential, but the odds were stacked against him because of his color and the great strife his family encountered — his father was killed under suspicious circumstances and his mother was committed to a hospital for the mentally ill. Over the years Malcolm fell into a life of petty crime, and eventually landed in prison. Once there he found religion, a calling and a voice, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Jim Crow Museum will be open and available for a tour following the book discussion. For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.