Schomburg Center’s Malcolm X Collection Supports Award-Winner

By Lisa Herndon, Managers, Schomburg Communications and Publicity
November 30, 2020
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X  by Les Payne and Tamara Payne won the National Book Award’s 2020 nonfiction prize. Their work reconstructs the life and death of the human rights leader. As part of their research, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Les Payne (1941–2018) and his daughter Tamara Payne, read the Schomburg Center's Malcolm X collection. Explore the Schomburg Center’s and NYPL’s Digital Collections to learn more about the book and the authors.


Tamara Payne spoke with Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III about the book and her father’s life and legacy in fall 2020. Watch Malcolm X: the Facts and Fictions.

In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Les Payne moderated "Malcolm X on the World Scene: A Special 50th Anniversary of Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X." The evening focused on the human rights activist’s legacy and impact from an international perspective. The discussion included Dr. Saladin Ambar, Stephen Page, Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Dr. Ahmed Osman, and Dr. Hisham Aidi.  Watch the conversation.

Explore the Schomburg Center’s Livestream archive to watch more conversations on Malcolm X.


The Schomburg Center holds photographs, correspondence, and family memorabilia of Malcolm X. Learn more about the collection, which is located in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division.



The Dead Are Arising reconstructs the life and death of human rights activist Malcolm X.  In addition to receiving the National Book Award, the work has received numerous accolades. Time magazine named it one of the 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the year. The New York Times selected it as a Notable Book of 2020. O, The Oprah Magazine listed as it as one of the Best Books of Fall 2020. It’s also been longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. 

Copies of the book are available to purchase online at The Schomburg Shop.



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