WBEZ | third world press http://www.wbez.org/tags/third-world-press Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Malcolm X heirs sue Chicago’s Third World Press http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP070221174520.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">When we think about Malcolm X and his legacy, the definitive source material is still his own works, especially <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/95194-american-icons-the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x/">The Autobiography of Malcolm X</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Published after his assassination in 1965, and co-authored with Alex Haley, the autobiography is a conversion narrative that tracks his embrace of black nationalism and Islam, first in America and then abroad.</p><p dir="ltr">This month though, Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thirdworldpressbooks.com/wp1/">Third World Press</a> promised to release a book just as compelling. A book according to vice president <a href="http://chicagoweekly.net/2008/05/08/third-world-press-bennett-johnson-publishes-the-books-they-dont-want-you-to-read/">Bennett Johnson</a> that reveals &ldquo;the real Malcom X.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The Diary of Malcolm X documents the activist and religious leader&rsquo;s life after he broke with the Nation of Islam up until his assassination a year later.</p><p dir="ltr">Third World planned to release it this week. But last Friday <a href="http://nypost.com/2013/11/08/malcolm-x-kin-sue-to-stop-diary-publication/">a Manhattan attorney filed a lawsuit </a>to block publication.</p><p dir="ltr">The suit was filed on behalf of some of Malcolm X&rsquo;s children, who say the book is unauthorized.</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson claims Third World Press signed a contract earlier this year. They acquired the diary from Malcolm&rsquo;s daughter Ilyhasah Al-Shabazz, who is also the book&rsquo;s editor, along with Herb Boyd (who edited a previously anthology on Malcolm X for Third World).</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says he&rsquo;s not sure why the family members are blocking publication. He first got wind of the action a couple of weeks ago.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been asking all along, &lsquo;what do you want so we can work something out?&rsquo;&rdquo; says Johnson. &ldquo;And all we get from them is &lsquo;we want you to stop,&rsquo; which you know obviously is a non-starter. That&rsquo;s not how you do business.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">According to an article in the New York Post, an entity formed by the heirs of the slain activist has &ldquo;exclusive rights to publish, reproduce and distribute the diaries worldwide.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson counters that their arrangement divides royalties from the book among the six daughters.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I knew Malcolm X. I didn&rsquo;t know him that well and I think he&rsquo;d be very disturbed by this confusion over his diary.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Johnson says a hearing on the suit should take place today. Calls to the Manhattan attorney who filed the suit went unanswered.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alison Cuddy is an arts and culture reporter for WBEZ and host of TV podcast Changing Channels. Follow her on Twitter </em>@wbezacuddy.</p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-11/malcolm-x-heirs-sue-chicago%E2%80%99s-third-world-press-109132