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    Malcolm X Typescript Signed with an Elijah Muhammad Check Signed. Alex Haley, best remembered for his book Roots, conducted an interview with civil rights leader Malcolm X in 1963. The interview, given for Playboy magazine, was given to Malcolm shortly before its publication to check its accuracy. Malcolm made a few edits and signed the bottom of each page.

    This is one page of that interview, signed "Malcolm X" at the lower edge. Measuring 8.25" x 10" (sight), Malcolm discusses the possibility of a chemical being manufactured that can "influence the pigmentation genes in any desired direction." When asked whether he would turn all whites black or blacks white, he answers for his mentor, Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam: "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is not interest in the white man. He is interested in the black man. The white man is not interested in the black man only to the extent that the black man is of use to him."
    When asked why he considers all non-whites "black," Malcolm explains: "Mr. Muhammad says that the red, the brown and the yellow are all part of the black nation. Which means that black, brown, red, yellow, all are brothers, all are one family. The white one is the stranger. He's the odd-fellow." The final question Haley asks concerns Malcolm's belief that all white people are evil and whether it's "wrong to attribute a predisposition mm to every white person." Malcolm's answer is incomplete, but he begins by asking his own question: "Is it wrong to attribute a predisposition to wheat before it comes up out of the ground?" Haley also wrote The Autobiography of Malcolm X, based on interviews he had with the activist until Malcolm's assassination in 1965.

    With an Elijah Muhammad Check Signed. 7.25" x 3". An "Honorable Elijah Muhammed's [sic] Poor Fund" check, dated July 21, 1971, ordering payment of $100.00 to "Leodis X. Scott." Drawn on the Amalgamated Trust & Savings Bank out of Chicago. Muhammad, born Elijah Robert Poole, led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until 1975.

    Both items are matted with two photographs of Malcolm X and Muhammad to an overall size of 18.75" x 24.75".

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