UDC: “We Are Black History” – A. Peter Bailey
UDC: “We Are Black History”
A. Peter Bailey
UDC Professor – Journalist, Author, Lecturer and Activist
One of the last people to speak with Malcolm X on the day of his assassination (February 21, 1965), UDC Professor A. Peter Bailey also served as one of the pallbearers at his funeral.
An acclaimed journalist, author, and lecturer. He was a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), organized in 1964 by Malcolm X. Bailey was editor of the OAAU newsletter, Blacklash.
Bailey has lectured about Malcolm X at three dozen colleges and universities, and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, Hunter College and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Director Spike Lee spent several hours conferring with Professor Bailey as he wrote the screenplay for Malcolm X. After a screening of the film, Bailey fielded questions from the community.
Keeping Malcolm X’s memory alive, Bailey has contributed to numerous books, articles, and documentaries about the celebrated leader.
Bailey is also a former co-editor of Ebony Magazine, and is the author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher: A Memoir, Harlem: Precious Memories, Great Expectations, co-author of Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey with Alvin Ailey and co-author of Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X with Rodnell P. Collins (nephew of Malcolm X).
He assisted John Henrik Clarke with the editing of Malcolm X: The Man and His Times. From 1968 to 1975, Bailey worked as associate editor for Ebony magazine. From 1975 to 1981, he served as associate director of the Black Theatre Alliance (BTA), where he also edited the BTA Newsletter. He has contributed articles to numerous publications including Essence, Black Enterprise, Jet, The New York Times, the Negro Digest, Black World, The Black Collegian, and the New York Daily News. He has also written a bi-monthly column for the Trice-Edney Wire Service.
Bailey has lectured on Harlem, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Press and several other topics in which he draws from his vast reservoir of historical and cultural knowledge and uses his powerful voice to inform, educate, and inspire.
Born in Columbus, Ga. and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959, and went on to attend Howard University until 1961. In 1962, Bailey moved to Harlem, New York City; and, in 1964, he helped establish Malcolm X’s OAAU.
Bailey served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists from 1983 to 1985, and was a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee in the 1975-76 Broadway season. He also served on the board of the Bethune-DuBois Institute, and is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
He has received several awards, including Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the New York Association of Black Journalists.
To learn more about A. Peter Bailey, follow the links below: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/peter-bailey