This book argues that Malcolm X told African Americans to affirm their blooming sense of self and to assert themselves in their own uniqueness. However, he realized that the first route to African American affirmation of self was to awaken black self-consciousness and he therefore called for black wide-awakeness. The book concludes that "Malcolm X'scall for a psychological return to Africa through a process of historical reconstruction was aimed at overthrowing the enslavement of African American thought and thereby setting African Americans on the path to freedom and human dignity."
Dr. Magnus O. Bassey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services at Queens College, The City University of New York. He is the author of Malcolm X: The Seeker of Justice; Western Education and Political Domination in Africa: A Study in Critical and Dialogical Pedagogy and Missionary Rivalry and Educational Expansion in Nigeria, 1885-1945. Dr. Bassey has also authored numerous academic articles including, Malcolm X Islam and African American Self-consciousness. His works have appeared in The Journal of Negro Education, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Educational Foundations, The Educational Forum, Dialogue and Alliance and Educational Change.
Preface, Foreword, Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Life and Times of Malcolm X: From the Underside of American History to Humanist; 2. Existence and Consciousness, Blacks in American Society: TheMakingofAfricanAmericanSelf.. About the Negro Name; 3. Malcolm's Articulation of African American Consciousness, Hopelessness, Helplessness, Oppression and Call for Empowerment. Consequences of the Yoke of Slavery; 4. Venture in Faith and Consciousness. 5. Malcolm X on Human Rights and African AmericanHumanity; Malcolm-The Humanist; 6. MalcolmXandGender; Malcolm X: His Attitude and Posture Toward Women. 7. Malcolm's Political Philosophy. Malcolm X and the Political Awakening of African Americans. Notes, Appendices, Bibliography, Index