Audible today announced that Emmy and Tony award-winning actor Laurence J. Fishburne III (black-ish, The Matrix) will perform The Autobiography of Malcolm X, marking the first time ever that this momentous work will be available in unabridged audio since its original publication in 1965. Fishburne’s Audible-exclusive performance of The Autobiography of Malcolm X is now available for preorder and will be released on May 19th, 2020 – what would have been Malcolm X’s 95th birthday.
“It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to tell Malcolm X’s story,” said Laurence J. Fishburne III. “This is a man who lived multiple lifetimes in the span of 40 years. An inspiration, The Autobiography of Malcolm X remains a definitive statement within an ever-evolving civil rights and human rights movement. It was a huge responsibility to take on this project and I feel privileged to take Audible listeners on this profound journey.”
“For the first time in history, listeners will be able to hear Malcolm X’s powerful story, one that has inspired generations of people, performed by the legendary Laurence Fishburne,” said Rachel Ghiazza, SVP Content Acquisition and Development, Audible. “Audible is proud to be a home to this extraordinary narrative – one of the most important nonfiction works of the 20th century – and to continue to amplify voices that need to be heard.”
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1965, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and Black empowerment activist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Human Rights movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement on a man whose life's work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential for anyone who wants to understand the African American experience and America as a whole.
Audible has a long history of recording and releasing a wide spectrum of powerful memoirs and autobiographies in audio – including Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Kevin Hart’s I Can’t Make This Up, and James Taylor’s Break Shot– to keep listeners engaged and informed.