Afro-Eccentricity and Autobiography

  • William David Hart


This book traces the spiritual journey of Malcolm X. After tracing that journey as described in his autobiography, I explore the spiritual journeys of Julius Lester and Jan Willis1 whom I construe as Malcolm’s spiritual legatees. I trace what is known about Malcolm, Julius, and Jan by analyzing their autobiographies. In contrast, I also explore what is relatively unknown and establish connections between the three autobiographers that may not be obvious and that some readers may view as counterintuitive. In this regard, my analysis is “constructive.” The “spiritual” in spiritual journey refers to those events (artistic, druginduced, sporting, sexual, violent, political, and religious) that grab, lift, and transport us to another dimension of imagination, if not of space and time, beyond the placid surfaces, gray zones, and temperate climates of our everyday lives.


White Supremacy Negro Church Black Identity Autobiographical Narrative Black Folk 
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