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American Experience; Malcolm X: Make it Plain


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American Experience
Malcolm X: Make it Plain
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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This program is a biography of Malcolm X, the controversial African-American human rights leader who was assassinated at New York's Audubon Ballroom in 1965. Three years in the making, this documentary features unprecedented interviews with associates and family members--including Malcolm's brothers and sisters, and wife Betty Shabazz--and never-before-seen archival materials to offer a completely new portrait of one of the most complex figures of the 1960s, a man who embodied the anger, the struggle, the insistence of black people for human dignity and freedom, and whose provocative voice remains a force in American life.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Malcolm X: Make it Plain,” 01/07/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7709B080A0A4DF4B3F3DD166E64CC05.
MLA: “American Experience; Malcolm X: Make it Plain.” 01/07/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7709B080A0A4DF4B3F3DD166E64CC05>.
APA: American Experience; Malcolm X: Make it Plain. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E7709B080A0A4DF4B3F3DD166E64CC05
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