National Archives at Kansas City

Screening and Discussion of -Malcolm X: Make it Plain-

Press Release: January 28, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History Program Series

Screening and Discussion of Malcolm X: Make it Plain

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will present in partnership with Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, scholars and historians, Dr. Fred Knight and Garrett Felber, who will provide commentary and answer questions following a screening of Malcolm X: Make it Plain. Professors Felber and Knight will be broadcast via video technology. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in 1925, was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering. While in prison he became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952 quickly rose to become one of its leaders. However by March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader. He ultimately repudiated the Nation and its teachings and embraced Sunni Islam. In February 1965, he was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam. This February marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

This program is a part of the public program series titled The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History that is presented in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speakers

Garrett Felber is an alumnus of Kalamazoo College and Columbia University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan. Since 2008, he has served as the senior research advisor to the Malcolm X Project at the Center for Contemporary Black History. Felber is the co-author of The Portable Malcolm X Reader with Dr. Manning Marable.

Dr. Fred Knight is an associate professor and chair of the department of history at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has held fellowships at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, the Center for Black Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, and the history department at University of California-Riverside, where he completed his doctoral degree. He has also taught at the University of Memphis and Colorado State University. Knight has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and he recently published a book-length study titled Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650-1850.

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group is a recognized organizing branch of the ASALH. The ASALH was founded in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson and has set the 2015 Black History theme as A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture. For information on meetings and membership visit

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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