BARAKA (Amiri). HARRIS (Theodore) (Artwork).
First edition. 8vo., 37pp. Chapbook, no. 3 in The Razor Series, publishing an essay on Malcolm X with frontis artwork by Theodore Harris. Paper wrappers sewn in green thread with a portrait of a lecturing Malcolm X alongside Mohammud Babu and Bill Epton. From the edition of 150 paper copies (this copy unnumbered) and signed by the author on the back endpaper. Candia, New Hampshire, John LeBow, 2008.
A fine, as-new copy.
An essay arguing the need to preserve Malcolm X’s vision of Black Self-Determination. The essay sees the dangers of Malcolm X’s legacy being co-opted and diluted with Baraka expanding on the reasoning behind his well-publicised attack on Spike Lee’s biopic of X. Baraka insists ‘part of our cultural revolution must be to protect the reality of Malcolm’s life, because that is the only way we will protect the reality of our own, and the actual historical gravity and meaning of our struggle.’