A Marked Man

The Assassination of Malcolm X

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

February 21, 1965. Controversial civil rights leader Malcolm X is gunned down during a speech in Manhattan.

Few were shocked by the news of Malcolm X‘s death. Since 1952 the former member of the Nation of Islam had supported the Nation‘s philosophy of violence as the method to achieve justice for blacks in the United States. But in March 1964, after a major shift in his philosophy, Malcolm changed his message. He no longer agreed with the Nation of Islam and feuded with its leaders.

In this chronicle of an assassination, find out the answers to the questions about who assassinated Malcolm and learn more about the impact of Malcolm X‘s life, and his death, on civil rights in the United States.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.6
BISACS YAN006030, YAN006020, YAN025220
Dewey 320.54'6092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 930


  • Jefferson Cup Award Honorable Mention, Commended, 2015
  • Cream of the Crop for Children's and Young Adult Literature, Winner, 2013


School Library Journal

Doeden successfully distinguishes between fact and conjecture….The striking design will certainly capture readers’ attention." —School Library Journal


“Doeden gives a short but solid introduction to the life of Malcolm X….The design of the book is simple and powerful.” —BayViews


“®eadable, well-designed…. Back matter is robust and should lead interested readers in further pursuit of the truth.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Doeden thoroughly explores… the circumstances of Malcolm’s assassination, the trial and conviction of the killers, and the rumors of conspiracies and coverups that persist. A brief but impressively insightful and engaging overview of the life and assassination of Malcolm X.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.