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The Iconography of Malcolm X
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Graeme Abernethy is a writer, researcher, and educator based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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An impressive and imaginative contribution to the literature about the changing images of Malcolm X's life and career in the black liberation struggle.--Clarence E. Walker, author of We Can't Go Home Again: An Argument about AfrocentrismAbernethy's use of iconography aesthetics effectively locates Malcolm X in place, space, and time. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of a key figure in African American history.--James L. Conyers, Jr., coeditor of Malcolm X: A Historical Reader
Makes a particularly important contribution to studies of Malcolm, in particular, and studies of civil rights leaders, more generally, because it provides a template for understanding the way in which black intellectual icons managed their images in a hostile climate operating upon denigrating and emasculating images of black masculinity.--Southern Communication JournalAbernethy's fascinating The Iconography of Malcolm X blurs the distinction between cultural history and intellectual history . . . the force of his argument benefits from his steady focus on an archive of visual representations of Malcolm and the diverse (and global) publics that consume them.--American StudiesBy successfully merging history, art criticism, and semiotics, [this book] offers a captivating approach to analyzing the wealth of images depicting one of the most mediagenic figures of the twentieth century, at various stages of his life. . . . Without question, Abernethy's book is an immensely useful addition to the ongoing scholarly conversation on Malcolm X.--Journal of American History

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