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    [Malcolm X]. James Baldwin Autograph Letter Signed and Photograph. One page, 8.25" x 11.75", n.p., December 30, 1971. Writing to a man named David, author James Baldwin, who signs this letter simply as "Jimmy," comments on his latest work, in part: "I have completed, delivered, and intend to produce, at last, my Malcolm X story, '-one day, when I was lost' - This involves a battle which I may not win, but which I have no . . . intention of losing. No doubt, the newspapers will keep you posted as to that. Cross your fingers." In 1968, Baldwin was hired by producer Marvin Worth to write a screenplay based on The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-written by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (the author of Roots). Baldwin was joined by screenwriter Arnold Perl, but Perl died in 1971, a fact which Baldwin mentions in the postscript of this letter: "Only work has kept me away so long, and you know who the work is for. And: Arnold Perl is dead." Baldwin took the script and turned it into the book, One Day, When I Was Lost: A Scenario Based on Alex Haley's "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," which was published in 1972. Director Spike Lee later used the Baldwin-Perl script, with his own revisions, for his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

    With a 10" x 6.75" black and white photo showing Baldwin, in a checked shirt and sunglasses, standing on a platform. To his left, near the middle of the image, is a lectern upon which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is speaking.


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    October, 2014
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    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
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