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Historian A.Peter Bailey to Speak on Malcolm X

1/30/2012, 12:03 p.m.

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library is pleased to present a talk by Shaw neighborhood resident A. Peter Bailey on "Personal Reflections on Malcolm X - Master Teacher."

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 at the library, 1630 7th St. in Northwest.

Professor A. Peter Bailey was a founding member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) which was founded by Malcolm X in 1964 after his separation from the Nation of Islam. Bailey was editor of the OAAU's newsletter and was in the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965 when Malcolm X was assassinated. Bailey served as a pall-bearer at his funeral.

Bailey, once a strong supporter of the mainstream civil rights movement, has said: "My awareness of Brother Malcolm was strictly as the bogeyman that you read about in the newspapers...All of that changed in the summer of 1962 when I heard him speak for the first time."

Bailey knew, worked with and supported Malcolm X before joining Johnson Publishing Company's New York office where he wrote for Ebony and Jet magazines.

Bailey was the 2010 Visiting Playwright in residence at the Department of Theatre Art at Howard University.

For more information call (202) 727-1288 or visit: dclibrary.org/watha