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'Lost Tapes' series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 10:31 AM February 23, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Smithsonian Channel series is examining the life of civil right leader Malcolm X through rare footage from his rallies, speeches and media interviews.

"The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X," scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, follows the advocate's changing philosophy using his own words from a Nation of Islam surrogate to a figure seeking to build coalitions during the tumultuous 1960s civil rights era.

Producer Tom Jennings put together the documentary by showing rarely seen footage of Malcolm X at Nation of Islam events standing side-by-side with group leader and eventual foe Elijah Muhammad. The documentary also uses media interviews around boxing champ Muhammad Ali and the activist's reactions to a firebombing of his home.

Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz says the documentary was emotional for her.

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