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Fighting for Our Place in the Sun

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


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBenson, Richard D. II.Fighting for our place in the sun: Malcolm X and the radicalization of the Black student movement, 1960–1973 / Richard D. Benson II.pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking; v. 40)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. African American student movements. 2. African American college students—Social conditions. 3. African American college students—Political activity—History—20th century. 4. X, Malcolm, 1925–1965. 5.Black power—United States. I. Title. LC2781.B355 378.1982996073—dc23 2014022620ISBN 978-1-4331-1771-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-1770-1 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1315-4 (e-book)ISSN 1947-5985Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at design concept by Kori Miller

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