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February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Many historians and students of social movements have yet to make the significant connections of Malcolm X’s socio-political, psychological and leadership development to the many women mentors and allies who were critical in his overall maturation.

This lecture/workshop explores Malcolm X’s life and career as influenced by the women who taught, supported and admired his trajectory from his very humble beginnings as a wayward teen to his international prominence as freedom fighter for human rights and dignity of Black and all oppressed peoples throughout the world. Most importantly, this lecture/workshop unpacks the rich and meaningful relationships that Malcolm X maintained with the women who became his mentors and allies while investigating his (at times) troubled and underdeveloped gender politics. Participants will gain a  broader understanding of Malcolm X’s life, by examining his shifting attitudes towards patriarchy, sexism and leadership in the context of the overall Black Freedom Struggle.


  • Richard D. Benson II
    Dr. Richard D. Benson II is a historian specializing in education, the Black Freedom Movement and transnational social movements. He completed a PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in the history of education at the University of Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman … Read More ›


February 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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