As a thank you to our subscribers the Make It Plain book club returns this month, led by Dr Kehinde Andrews. Over a period of 5 weeks we will explore new books and classic texts. In keeping with the ethos of Make it Plain we will be making recommendations as well as criticism. As part of the book club you will have access to:
- A monthly feature on the website, highlighting a book to read, enjoy or critique
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- Access to a 5 week online book club discussions that will focus on a particular book. We will be doing bell hooks’ classic Teaching to Transgress with the first session on Thursday, Feb 17, 7 pm-8 pm (GMT/UK time)
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The Troubling Legacy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X
The power of autobiography is that it has shaped the public image of Malcolm X, but the book’s greatest legacy is its strongest weakness. The Malcolm we get from the Autobiography is good for posters, slogans and samples on hip hop records but little more. It is the watered down, made for TV Malcolm. Just enough to keep his credibility but nothing that will actually sustain his legacy.
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“Some of these books about racism are not just bad, they are dangerous”