Tuesday, October 22, 2013

You can help publish The Diary of Malcolm X

Thank You!

Thank you for joining the Third World Press campaign to support the publication of the The Diary of Malcolm X. Your contribution toward the funding of this effort has placed Third World Press in a stronger position to make this important work available to audiences throughout the world. We will keep you updated on the progress of the campaign and the expected release date for the book.
We understand that each of you have a choice on how to spend your money and we are encouraged that you have made the choice to invest in Third World Press and this historical book.
While Third World Press is working to meet our goal, we acknowledge that we cannot do this without your help. Please feel free to share this link with your network of friends and associates. Let them know about the exciting work that we are doing at Third World Press. Together, we can make this happen!
For those who have already sent a contribution, again, we thank you!

Our Story

Hello, my name is Haki Madhubuti. I am the founder and publisher of Third World Press, America’s oldest independent publisher devoted to works for, by, and concerning African Americans and others.
We are very grateful that Malcolm’s children have granted us the opportunity to publish The Diary; it is the most important volume we have ever brought to the public, after more than 46 years in publishing.

I am presenting this information to you because we need your help to do this in the manner that honors and respects the importance of Malcolm. While we have been the leading publisher of great works of many renowned authors including Gwendolyn Brooks, Chancellor Williams, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Barbara Ann Sizemore and many others, we have never sought commercial blockbusters. Our books were largely focused on smaller, often academic markets.

While we have published hundreds of important works over 46 years, the recent recession and changes in the publishing industry have taken their financial toll on TWP. While many independent publishers have simply disappeared, the devoted staff and supporters of Third World Press have done whatever it takes to survive. Through their hard work and financial support we have remade the Press, and are on the brink of a new and brighter future. We have a strong new distributor relationship, having partnered with one of the world’s largest distributors and printer of books. We are converting much of our inventory so that we can meet the demands of the ebook customer, and we have assembled a great new lineup of books for publication in the next few months.

The first and most important of these is The Diary of Malcolm X, which will be released in November 2013. This exciting document was edited and annotated by author and journalist Herb Boyd in collaboration with Malcolm’s and Betty’s third eldest daughter, Ilyasah Al-Shabazz.

In it we see the deep reflections of this transformative figure as he developed a new vision for the elevation and integration of the African Diaspora in the context of the world changing events that are having so great an impact on today’s headlines, both in the United States and throughout the world.

What We Need & What You Get

We need your help because a book of this importance needs to be supported with an appropriate campaign of public relations and marketing. These costs far exceed our resources. Even the costs incurred to date, and the costs of initial printing, are beyond our financial capacity without your help.

Thankfully, we believe that you will be there to allow us to make this undertaking a great success; to help us to let the world at large know of the opportunity to become reacquainted with Malcolm X in a manner that is more personal than any previous encounter. We believe we can count on you to help make this a best seller.

We believe that you, our supporters, deserve to be the recipients of meaningful rewards for your participation in this campaign and we welcome you as old friends and new to the family of the Third World Press.

As a token of our gratitude, we have taken the time to put together some perks in exchange for your support:

  • $37.50: A Clothbound copy of The Diary of Malcolm X
  • $75: Clothbound copy of The Diary of Malcolm X signed by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Herb Boyd, and Haki R. Madhubuti
  • 100: A Clothbound copy of The Diary of Malcolm X signed by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Herb Boyd, and Haki R. Madhubuti and a copy of BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented Critical Conversations on Manning Marable's Biography of Malcolm X, edited by Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga, and Haki R. Madhubuti.
  • $500: Clothbound copy of The Diary of Malcolm X signed by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Herb Boyd, and Haki R. Madhubuti; dinner with Haki Madhubuti in Chicago; library of 15 TWP titles; and tour of Third World Press.
  • $1000: Clothbound copy of The Diary of Malcolm X signed by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Herb Boyd, and Haki R. Madhubuti; library of 15 TWP titles; and dinner with Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Herb Boyd in New York City.

The Impact

Malcolm X was one of the most important contributors to the advancement of human rights and human dignity in the last century. His words and actions have moved nations and peoples.

In coming weeks, the world will see, The Diary of Malcolm X, printed contents of his private diary from the year 1964. This Diary, recorded by Malcolm during the year immediately preceding his assassination, describes his travels to many nations, and meetings with numerous world leaders. In these pages, Malcolm describes the deep emotional connections he developed during a period that was constantly colored by his prophetic sense of impending tragedy. Recovered recently from the memorabilia maintained by the family, he lays out his unique action plan for African Americans.

The publication of The Diary of Malcolm X is a great historical event in African American intellectual history. Reading these entries has the effect of overhearing a profound thinker’s most private and uncensored thoughts about everything from his split with Elijah Muhammad to the cost of 16mm film in Accra. I found this a riveting and deeply moving experience, one that only made me even sadder at the senselessness of his assassination. Every student of Malcolm X, and the history of black political leadership, should read this compelling book.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Director, The Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
Harvard University

Other Ways You Can Help

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