By Nicholas Ibarra 

On Sept. 16 at 1 p.m, Tamara Payne will discuss her book, co-authored with her late father, Les Payne, titled “The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.” The event will be held via Zoom and is sponsored by Sacramento State and The Sacramento OBSERVER, one of the nation’s leading African American newspapers. 

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“The Dead are Arising” is a highly praised work that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Along with being an author, Les was a nationally recognized editor and columnist at Newsday as well as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. 

Les spent about 30 years researching the life of Malcolm X before passing away in 2018. Tamara also conducted research and completed the manuscript. The book is recognized and important for correcting the misconceptions about who Malcolm X was and the contributions he made to American life. 

In a New York Times appraisal of the book, Michael P. Jeffries wrote, “Malcolm’s presence is beautifully rendered…(and) it reconstructs the conditions and key moments of Malcolm’s life, thanks to hundreds of original interviews with his family, friends, colleagues and adversaries. Nobody has written a more poetic account.” 

Purchase Payne’s book at your favorite bookstore, and join us for a conversation with the author.

To request reasonable accommodations such as ASL interpretation or live captioning, please contact Maria Ramirez at or (916) 278-6230 as soon as possible.