“Because Malcolm's life was cut short, there were things about him that were not included in his autobiography. I had information about many of those things because he confided in me.” —Ella Little Collins, sister of Malcolm X
Ella Little Collins saw her brother Malcolm through some of the most significant times of his life, and knew him better than anyone else. Now, for the first time, she shares her poignant, vivid memories of him.
Told to her son, Rodnell, to whom Malcolm was a much-loved uncle and mentor, Seventh Child contains bitter, haunting as well as joyful recollections by two people who experienced him as family members. It reveals Malcolm not just as a leader, but as a brother, cousin, nephew, uncle, father, husband and friend. It also provides remarkable information about Malcolm's family genealogy that has never before been available to the general public.
No other book about Malcolm X—and there have been dozens—offers such enlightenment on the man. With rare family photos, including one of Rodnell with Malcolm the night before his assassination, Seventh Child adds immeasurably to our knowledge of this great and controversial figure.
The Most Important Book On Malcolm X Since His Autobiography
Rodnell P. Collins, a computer systems analyst, currently lives in Boston with his wife and two children in the house in which Malcolm X lived as a teenager.
A. Peter Baily, who assisted Alvin Ailey in writing his autobiography, Revelations, was a pallbearer at Malcolm X's funeral. He lives in Washington, D.C.