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Fighting for Our Place in the Sun

Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960–1973

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Richard Benson

In Fighting for Our Place in the Sun, Richard D. Benson II examines the life of Malcolm X as not only a radical political figure, but also as a teacher and mentor. The book illuminates the untold tenets of Malcolm X’s educational philosophy, and also traces a historical trajectory of Black activists that sought to create spaces of liberation and learning that are free from cultural and racial oppression. It explains a side of the Black student movement and shift in black power that develops as a result of the student protests in North Carolina and Duke University. From these acts of radicalism, Malcolm X Liberation University (MXLU), the Student Organization for Black Unity (SOBU/YOBU), and African Liberation Day (ALD) were produced to serve as catalysts to extend the tradition of Black activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Scholars, researchers, community organizers, and students of African-American studies, American studies, history of education, political science, Pan-African studies, and more will benefit from this provocative and enlightening text.

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Figure 1. Malcolm X speaking in a Durham, North Carolina lodge hall on April 18, 1963. Originally scheduled at North Carolina Central University, his speech was moved after university officials denied the controversial former Black Muslim permission to appear on campus. (Photograph by Harold Moore, courtesy of the Herald-Sun). 276 | Fighting for Our Place in the Sun Figure 2. January 11, 1969. Some of the 65 Black students who seized control of Ford Hall at Brandeis University are holding a banner with a picture of Malcolm X and legend reading “Malcolm University”. In front of the building Lloyd Daniels (C) reads a statement concerning their demands. He is flanked by Reginald Sapp (L) and Randal Bailey. The stu- dents are demanding more Black representation in the academic community. (AP Images). Illustrations | 277 Figure 3. March 18, 1971. Stokely Carmichael quotes from the book “Malcolm X Speaks” during an address March 18, 1971 at the opening of the Third World Conference at the University of Houston in Texas. (AP Images). 278 | Fighting for Our Place in the Sun Fi gu re 4 . Bl ac k stu de nt s l ea ve th e ca m pu s a fte r v ac at in g th e Al le n Ad m in ist ra tio n Bu ild in g in th e w ak e of it s t ak eo ve r t o pr ot es t t he ca m pu s r ac ia...

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