FILE - In this Feb. 26, 1961 file photo, Elijah Muhammad, founder and head of the Nation of Islam, right, introduces Malcolm X in Chicago. A Smithsonian Channel series, "The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X,” examining the life of civil right leader Malcolm X, follows the advocate’s changing philosophy using his own words as a Nation of Islam surrogate to a figure seeking to build coalitions during the tumultuous 1960s civil rights era. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon, File)

'Lost Tapes' series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

February 23, 2018 - 10:25 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Smithsonian Channel series is examining the life of civil right leader Malcolm X through rare footage from his rallies, speeches and media interviews.

"The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X," scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, follows the advocate's changing philosophy using his own words from a Nation of Islam surrogate to a figure seeking to build coalitions during the tumultuous 1960s civil rights era.

Producer Tom Jennings put together the documentary by showing rarely seen footage of Malcolm X at Nation of Islam events standing side-by-side with group leader and eventual foe Elijah Muhammad. The documentary also uses media interviews around boxing champ Muhammad Ali and the activist's reactions to a firebombing of his home.

Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz says the documentary was emotional for her.

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