Family of Malcolm X sues to prevent publication of diary
Lawsuit launched though daughter listed as co-editor of diary written during last year of late civil rights leader's life
Malcolm X speaking 1964, the year he broke away from the Nation of Islam. Photograph: Robert Parent/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
The family of Malcolm X has launched a lawsuit to stop the publication of a diary of the late civil-rights leader's last year.
The Diary of Malcolm X, a reproduction of a private diary kept as he travelled to the Middle East and Africa immediately before his assassination, is due to be published this week, according to Third World Press, a Chicago-based company. The publisher lists one of the leader's six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, as a co-editor.
But in papers filed to Manhattan federal court, according to the Associated Press, heirs to Malcolm X say Third World Press does not have the right to publish it.
Bennett Johnson, the vice-president of Third World Press, said it had a signed contract with one of Malcolm X's daughters. A video on the website of Third World Press shows Shabazz speaking about the book, alongside journalist Herb Boyd, who is also listed as co-editor.
"It's really beautiful that we get to see Malcolm in his own voice – without scholars, historians or observers saying what he was thinking or what he was doing or what he meant" Shabazz says.
The book is due to be published on 14 November, the film notes.
I wonder if the rest of the family was assigned roman numerals?