Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976 and the month of February was chosen for its commemoration. Mindworks Publishing is celebrating this year by honoring and remembering our African American ancestors through books.
Our first post recommends the Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. There’s not much that can be said about this exceptional man that hasn’t been said already but for those who might not now, Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also known as Al Hajj Malik El Shabazz and when he was in Makkah for Hajj he wrote a letter to his loyal assistants in Harlem which quotes:
“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white – but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.”