December 4, 2008
WVU Parkersburg adjunct faculty member writes biography of Malcolm X.
CONTACT: Dennis D. Wainstock, adjunct faculty, 304-424-8253.
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An adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University at Parkersburg is the author of a new biography of human rights activist Malcolm X.
Dennis D. Wainstock, who teaches American history at WVU Parkersburg, has written "Malcolm X, African American Revolutionary."
Wainstock's 229-page book covers Malcolm X's early life and adulthood but focuses primarily on his final years which were dominated by his departure from the Nation of Islam and his conflict with its leader Elijah Muhammad. There is a particular focus on the 11-month period from March 1964, when Malcolm officially left the Nation of Islam, to February 1965 when he was assassinated while delivering a speech at Manhattan's Audobon Ballroom.
Wainstock addresses a number of issues, including the role of fellow prisoner John Elton Bembry in Malcolm's prison conversion; whether Malcolm decided to leave the Nation of Islam before he was suspended by Muhammad, and the extent of the role that government agencies played in Malcolm X's assassination.
Wainstock lives in Salem, WV. He is also the author of books about the 1968 presidential campaign, the atomic bomb and the Korean War.