This performance on Tony Brown’s Journal as Malcolm X (the physical resemblance is
stunning) marked the young Denzel Washington’s first appearance on national TV
and his first performance before a national audience. The 1982 New York Off-Broadway
stage hit produced by Woodie King, Jr. revolves around the conflict between Elijah
Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, and his verbal whip, an ex-convict who took
the Muslim name Malcolm X.