Speaking to the Associated Press, the daughters of the late Malcolm X have expressed disappointment in their father’s biography, written by recently deceased Columbia University professor, Manning Marable. Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz are concerned about allegations in the book that their parents’ marriage was strained and that both of their parents may have been unfaithful.
Ilyasah says that the marriage of Malcolm and Betty "was definitely faithful and devoted because my father was a man of impeccable integrity, and I think that most people, if they're not clear on anything, they're clear that he was moral and ethical and had impeccable character.”
The book, entitled “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” utilizes interviews, letters, government documents and more to detail the life of Malcolm X in an unbiased way. Professor Marable makes it clear that he has no interest in portraying Malcolm as a “saint,” and that he wished to show that Malcolm had the “normal contradictions and blemishes that all human beings have.”