Launched in 1998, this site remains the premier scholarly source for Malcolm X information. I have used the site over many years, and Brother Malcolm was crucial to my work on the Alex Haley Malcolm X papers. In addition, Alkalimat launched and continues to run eBlack Studies, a foundational digital project in black studies.
Brother Malcolm contains a huge amount of information on Malcolm X, from pictures, family information, timelines of writings and speeches, a bibliography, guides to Malcolm X papers in special collections, Alex Haley's estate auction catalog, study guides and much more. Some of this material is not available elsewhere, all of it is extremely valuable. For example, I was able to use the Alex Haley Estate Auction catalog to decode where Alex Haley's "The Malcolm X I Knew" was published. Students also appreciated the site's link to Malcolm X's FBI papers. Without these materials, my work on Malcolm X would remain incomplete.
Alkalimat's site reveals the complexities and importance of Malcolm X's life. I find this letter from Malcolm X to his sister, Ella, while he was in prison in 1949 particularly moving:
Formed from activist politics, the site is staunchly open source and emphasizes a solidarity of democracy. Alkalimat writes,
"Our philosophy is based on three concepts: cyber democracy, collective intelligence, and information freedom.
- Cyber democracy: maximize potential participation (connectivity)
- Collective intelligence: include all voices (content)
- Information freedom: free distribution of information (consumption)" (http://brothermalcolm.net/introduction.html)
This philosophy means that teacher training and student materials are included on the site.
The site also includes lists of related dissertations.