Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.
A new biography has spurred the long-running debate over Malcolm X’s life and legacy. Ta-Nehisi Coates explains how widely the public image of Malcolm X varied: Some saw him as a hate-filled bigot who came to see the kinship of all mankind through religion. Others saw him as a self-redeemer, a former player who became an exemplar of black chivalry. And there were some who thought him an avatar of collective revenge, a gangster who changed his targets but not his ways.
We speak with Coates, who offers a personal take on Malcolm X, tracing the man’s place in his life by where he keeps his giant poster of Malcolm X. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine, and author of the memoir, “The Beautiful Struggle.”
Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.