Les Payne

Les Payne was an American journalist, editor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. He was a columnist and editor at Newsday, where he worked for nearly four decades. Payne was known for his investigative work and his commitment to covering stories related to civil rights and African-American issues. He co-founded the National Association of Black Journalists and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Malcolm X, titled 'The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X,' which he co-authored with his daughter Tamara Payne.


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  1. 1. The Dead Are Arising

    "The Dead Are Arising" is a comprehensive biography of Malcolm X, one of the most influential African American leaders in the 20th century. The book provides an in-depth account of Malcolm X's life, from his early years in poverty and crime, through his conversion to Islam and rise to prominence as a civil rights leader, to his assassination in 1965. It also delves into his complex relationships, his evolving political ideologies, and the profound impact he had on the civil rights movement.