A. Peter Bailey

A. Peter Bailey (born February 24, 1938) is an American journalist, author, and lecturer. He was an associate of Malcolm X's and a member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity.


Alfonzo Peter Bailey[1] was born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 24, 1938, and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama.[2] He was in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959, and he attended Howard University until 1961.[2]

In 1962, Bailey moved to Harlem.[2] That June, he heard Malcolm X speak near Mosque No. 7.[1] When Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam in 1964, Bailey became a founding member of his Organization of Afro-American Unity.[3] Bailey served as editor of the group's newsletter, titled Blacklash.[2] He was a pallbearer at Malcolm X’s funeral in 1965.[3]

Bailey served as associate editor at Ebony from 1968 to 1975.[2] He was associate director of the Black Theatre Alliance (BTA) from 1975 to 1981, and he edited the BTA Newsletter.[2]

In 1998, he wrote Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X with Malcolm X's nephew, Rodnell Collins.[4] He wrote Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey in 1995 based on interviews he conducted with the choreographer in the years before his 1989 death.[5] In 2013, he wrote a memoir titled Witnessing Brother Malcolm X: The Master Teacher.[1][3]

Bailey has contributed articles to The Black Collegian, Black Enterprise, Black World, Essence, Jet, The Negro Digest, the New York Daily News, and The New York Times.[2] He writes a bimonthly column for the Trice-Edney Wire Service.[2]

Bailey has lectured about Malcolm X at three dozen colleges and universities, and taught as an adjunct professor at Hunter College, the University of the District of Columbia, and Virginia Commonwealth University.[2]

Selected bibliography


  1. 1 2 3 Delices, Patrick (August 1, 2013). "In New Book, A. Peter Bailey, Recalls His Friendship And Work With Malcolm X". Black Star News. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "A. Peter Bailey". TheHistoryMakers.com. 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 McCallister, Jared (October 20, 2013). "Up-close-and-personal, new books offer invaluable insight into Malcolm X". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  4. "A Different View of Malcolm X". The Boston Globe. December 28, 1998. Retrieved September 19, 2014.   via HighBeam (subscription required)
  5. Peters, Ida (June 10, 1995). "Alvin Ailey's 'Revelations'". Washington Afro-American. Retrieved September 19, 2014.   via HighBeam (subscription required)

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