The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community

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This small book is a poetic retelling of the Malcolm X story, in which his life is reframed as a spiritual quest. The book provides a contrast to almost fifty years of writings that focus primarily on unraveling the complexities of his political beliefs and sorting out the details of his intense life and his tragic death by assassination. More

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About Irvin Brown

Dr. Irvin Brown is a psychologist and poet who completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 1971. He went on to receive his PhD at Stanford University in 1975. Afterwards, he joined the Stanford psychology faculty, where he remained for six years. His early research publications were focused on social learning, including language learning, self-efficacy, and learned helplessness through modeling. Later, his interests expanded beyond academic psychology, as his attention turned toward spiritual and artistic pursuits. This aspect of his work is best reflected in his recorded poetry recitals, entitled "Fields of Serenity: Rastafari Poetic Meditations and Visions." Most of the poems on the "Fields" CD were written while he lived in Jamaica among the Rastafari bretheren and sistren of the Nyabinghi Order. Dr. Brown (A.K.A Jah Irvin) returned to teaching and integrating his varied interests at the College of Central Florida in 1990. The courses he has taught include: General Psychology, Human Growth and Development (Throughout the Life Cycle), Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling the Culturally Diverse, and The Psychology of Religion. During his tenure at CF, Dr. Brown also became a licensed psychotherapist, a role in which his varied interests find relevance and expression. He now resides in Gainesville Florida, where he welcomes his new found status as Professor Emeritus. His hope is that retirement will afford the opportunity to focus on his writings, including scholarly work on the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Videos

The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community
In this video Dr. Brown explains what it means to say that his eBook provides a spiritual perspective on the life of Malcolm X. Malcolm's life is viewed as a spiritual quest to find a place to call home. This would be a place where justice and love reign supreme. The author identifies three prefigurations of the Blessed Community: The street life; the Nation of Islam; and Orthodox Islam.

Prologue excerpt 1: From Hustler to Minister
In this video Dr. Brown recites a portion of the prologue.

Prologue excerpt 2: Entertains While He Explains
In this video Dr. Brown recites a portion from the prologue.

3 of 16: Boyhood
This is the third of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

4 of 16: Louise's Lament
This is the fourth of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

5 of 16: Ella's Rescue and Harlem Dreams
This is the fifth of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

6 of 16: Detroit Red
This is the first of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

7 of 16: Caught
This is the seventh of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

8 of 16: Awakening in Jail
This is the eighth of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

9 of 16: Discipline of the Nation
This is the ninth of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

10 of 16: The Messenger
This is 10 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

11 of 16: Betrayal
This is 11 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

12 of 16: New Direction
This is 12 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

13 of 16: Mecca and Africa
This 13 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

14 of 16: Nearing the End
This is 14 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

15 of 16: Reflections pt. 1
This is 15 of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

6 of 16: Detroit Red
ERRATA: Video 6 description should read, "The sixth of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown..."

16 of 16: Reflections Pt. 2
This is the last of 16 short videos of Dr. Brown reciting from his Ebook, The Malcolm X Story Retold: In Search of the Blessed Community These videos follow up the author's previous video discussion of the book's central theme. As the title suggests, the Malcolm X story is retold from a spiritual perspective.

Reviews

Review by: LUCY HOUSTON on Nov. 19, 2017 :
Dr. Irvin Brown Jr., my brother, reinvigorates Malcolm X's story in this epic poem "The Malcolm X Story Retold". His passion for Malcom is fueled by a wide range of experiences. He has often been called "Red", "Snake" in the hood of Gary, Indiana, A Ford Foundation Fellow, graduate student and professor at Stanford University and Jah Irving in the Rasta communities in the States and Jamaica. Go ahead, listen to the excerpts and be inspired by this new lens on Malcolm X.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Joseph Zimmerman on Sep. 30, 2017 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. Because of the unique tone and structure of the the writing, we see his the life of Malcolm X in a new and refreshing way. It is a rare blend of poetry and facts.

Joe Zimmerman
Professor of Communications
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Karen Dunn on Sep. 1, 2017 :
Great
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
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