Saladin Ambar's important new book is the first to place Malcolm X's speech at Oxford in 1964 in the canon of great civil rights speeches of the 20th century, where it belongs. Please join us for a presentation by and conversation with the author.
Ambar demonstrates that Malcom X was seeking to organize a black human rights movement not only in America, the Middle East, or Africa, but in cities such as Paris, London, and Amsterdam as well. He shows Malcolm X moving beyond Black Nationalism, while at the same time rejecting the notion of color-blindness, and argues that the racial, religious, and political difficulties associated with immigration in both Europe and the US today owe their origins to the time of Malcolm X's address. Moreover, some of the more important solutions to those challenges can be found in Malcolm X's speech at Oxford.
Saladin M. Ambar is Assistant professor of political science at Lehigh University. He is the author, previously, of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency.