Malcolm X Biography Wins Pulitzer Prize

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention landed the prize in the history category.

Posted: 04/18/2012 11:05 AM EDT

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A Malcolm X biography won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in the history category this week. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention written by Columbia University professor Manning Marable, is a New York Times bestseller that follows the leader's hard beginnings to becoming an advocate for civil rights.

"Mr. Marable...spent two decades researching the Black nationalist leader’s transformation from petty criminal to separatist firebrand to mainstream Muslim preaching peace to, finally, martyr…" the Times states. “In untangling the mythologies surrounding Malcolm X, including his own best-selling autobiography, Mr. Marable achieved what the citation called ‘a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and the tragic.’”

Another tragic part to the book winning this year's prize lies in the fact that Manning died just three days before the book was published last April. He suffered from pneumonia complications and passed away on April 1 at the age of 60.


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