A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X


MMvMXRather than view Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinventionas “a definitive work,” as some have called it, I, along with many others, believe Marable has left us a severely flawed biography. A Life of Reinvention is a contradictory political reshaping and distortion – a lie really – of the life and times of Malcolm X. Such a “lie” demands a strong critical response, from scholars, activists, and others in the Black community, especially publishers like us, who have benefited so richly from Malcolm’s example and legacy.