HBI selected David Lee, partner at the Boston-based firm Stull and Lee, to assess the Malcolm X-Ella Little Collins House, and provide conceptual design for its re-use. David discussed with HBI his work on this important landmark, the meaning of Malcolm X in his life, and what this restoration project represents for the community.
HBI: You proactively offered to help with the Malcolm X House. Why?
DL: I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, near the mosque which served as headquarters for the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X is a mythic figure for me. Like so many men of my generation, I was inspired by Malcolm X’s Autobiography, and his sense of manhood. The opportunity to help restore a monument to such an important figure for the country as a whole was a no brainer for me.