When Word is Given… A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World.


African American writer and social critic’s first-hand reporting on the Black Muslim movement in America. In 1959, Lomax introduced white Americans to the Black Muslim movement in a five-part T.V. documentary he co-produced with Mike Wallace of CBS.

Lomax’s book includes extended excerpts from and commentary on speeches by Black Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad (1897–1975) and Muhammad’s disciple Malcolm X (1925–1965). There is also an interview with Malcolm X plus photographs of speeches and gatherings, members of the Fruit of Islam, women Black Muslims, and a scene of Arabic being taught at Chicago’s University of Islam.

Lomax’s observations are blunt: “Chilling though it may be, the Black Muslims have erected their teaching on a group experience common to all American Negroes. Few of us concur in their conviction and sentencing of the white race. But none of us can question the accuracy of the indictment on which that conviction rests. ... These men are waiting for integration to fail. They will…make us continually aware of what can happen if white men don’t learn to love before black men learn to hate.”


Description: When Word is Given… A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim World.

Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, (1963). First Edition. [10], 11–223, [1]pp. + [4]ff. of half tone plates from photographs. 8vo. Publisher’s olive-green cloth with silver titling and modest decoration; pictorial dust jacket. Slightly cocked at head of spine; very minor rubbing to dust jacket at extremities; very good in very good, price-clipped dust jacket.

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Price: $75.00