In the latest stem of events regarding the publishing of diaries written by the late Malcolm X, a federal judge has extended her ban on sales of the book.
Until evidence in a court challenge can be heard next year, readers will not be able to consume the book, which contains several personal entries from the civil rights leader.
U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan warned a lawyer for Third World Press that the company could face contempt of court proceedings if it fails to obey the order. The judge blocked sales of the book Oct. 8 after heirs of Malcolm X sued the publisher, saying the Chicago company was infringing on their rights. Attorney L. Londell McMillan told Swain that the book, “The Diary of Malcolm X,” has been spotted for sale online despite her order.
The book was published with the permission of one of Malcolm X’s six daughters. An event to announce the publication of the book was scheduled for Nov. 15, but was canceled by its publisher.
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