Skip to main content


    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".

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 413

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 25 Manuscripts - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $320,964