Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Town Hall Seattle and the Seattle Opera present

Tamara Payne

The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X

This event has already occurred
Wednesday, February 7
7:30 pm PST
$5 – $25 Sliding Scale
Learn more about Sliding Scale tickets.


The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
+ Google Map

Community Events

22 and Under

Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

Buy the Companion Book

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

The Elliott Bay Book Company

Learn More

In 1990, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Les Payne embarked on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X.

His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction. Following Payne’s unexpected death in 2018, his daughter Tamara Payne heroically completed the biography.

Read More

Presented by the Seattle Opera and Town Hall Seattle, Tamara Payne returns to the Town Hall stage (following her virtual appearance in 2020) to share from the final biography, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews — with all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world — she traces his life from his Nebraska birth in 1925 to his Harlem assassination in 1965. Payne explores how her father corrects the historical record and delivers extraordinary revelations with a biographer’s unwavering determination. She discusses the intensive research process and introduces a riveting biography that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle. In a moment of renewed vigor for the struggle in Black freedom, this presentation is essential viewing.

Tamara Payne is Les Payne’s daughter and served as his principal researcher.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and the Seattle Opera.

Media Sponsor: KBCS

The Elliott Bay Book Company is an independently owned bookstore founded by Walter Carr in 1973, at 109 Main Street. Over the next three and half decades, the bookstore shifted and expanded within the Globe Building adding event space for author readings as well as Seattle’s first bookstore café.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

Town Hall Seattle and Northwest Center for Creative Aging present

Dori Gillam and Mack McCoy

Hello Old Lovers Wherever You Are!