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Malcolm X heirs seek to block diary publication

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

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Heirs of Malcolm X have gone to court to stop a Chicago company from publishing a diary of the activist leader’s last year.

They say in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that Third World Press does not have the right to publish “The Diary of Malcolm X.”

Third World Press vice president Bennett Johnson says the publisher has a signed contract for the book and that one of Malcolm X’s six daughters approached Third World Press about the book.

He says the book, published a few days ago, is based on journals from the year before Malcolm X’s 1965 assassination.

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

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