Malcolm X’s Diary Will Be Published This Week

But a lawsuit is brewing to stop the book from hitting shelves.

By Jamilah King Nov 11, 2013

Malcolm X diligently kept a diary during the last year of his life as he broke away from the Nation of Islam and traveled throughout Africa and the Middle East. Now, decades after his death, those intimate thoughts will be made public in a book that’s slated for release this Thursday, November 14, 2013.

The Diary of Malcolm X will be published by Chicago-based Third World Press and will be co-edited by one of the slain activist’s daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz.

"It’s really beautiful that we get to see Malcolm in his own voice — without scholars, historians, or observers saying what he was thinking or what he was doing or what he meant," Shabazz says in a video released by the publisher.

But other surviving Shabazz family members are apparently not on board with the project and have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to stop the book’s publication.

The diaries are part of a trove of papers that were loaned to the New York Public Library by Malcolm X’s daughters in 2003.

(h/t The Guardian)