Caperton Center to Host Author's Lecture on Malcolm X

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In celebration of Black History Month, the Fairmont State University Gaston Caperton Center will host a lecture by Dr. Dennis Wainstock on his latest book, "Malcolm X, African American Revolutionary."

The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Gaston Caperton Center, 501 West Main Street, Clarksburg. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 148 and is free to the public.

Recently published by McFarland Press, "Malcolm X, African American Revolutionary," is a biography focusing most prominently on Malcolm X's final years, which were largely dominated by his departure from the Nation of Islam and his conflict with Elijah Muhammad. Throughout, the author addresses a number of lingering issues, including: the role of fellow prisoner, John Elton Bembry, in Malcolm's prison conversion; the questions of whether Malcolm decided to leave the Nation of Islam before he was suspended by Elijah Muhammad and whether Malcolm was seeking martyrdom; and the extent of the role that government agencies played in Malcolm X's assassination in 1965.

Dr. Dennis Wainstock teaches American history for Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College at the Gaston Caperton Center. Other titles by Wainstock include: "Truman, MacArthur, and the Korean War (Contributions in Military Studies"; "The Turning Point: The 1968 United States Presidential Campaign"; "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb"; "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: August 1945"; and "Truman, MacArthur and the Korean War: June 1950 to July 1951." Wainstock resides in Salem.