After more than a year of protesters putting racial inequality in the spotlight, this year’s Pulitzer Prize is honoring several books addressing Black history. That includes a biography titled “The Dead are Rising: The Life of Malcolm X.” It was written by the late investigative journalist Les Payne and finished by his daughter Tamara. After 30 years of research, Payne collected over 100 hours of interviews with people who knew Malcolm X, from classmates to family members. Soledad O’Brien recently sat down with author, activist, and educator Ilyasah Shabazz to talk about her parents, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, and her family’s legacy. 

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