Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How an Author Event Made Me Rethink History Lessons

I attended a pretty awesome panel session yesterday with the editors of “A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X" published by Black Classic Press, Inc.

There were more highlights than I will write here but something resonated with me, especially after having read "The Warmth of Other Suns". 

Todd Steven Burroughs professed his love for biographies but after being disappointed by Marable's "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" the point Burroughs made was this: 

Knowing your history is not enough. Being able to understand and contextualize your history is imperative because as generations progress, we lose people with the intelligence to counteract information that is misconstrued and/or inaccurate. 

Next time you're catching up on the things that happened before you could remember, if at all possible, take moment to ask a few people that were actually there.