Biography in Decades: 2010s


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As early as 2010 conversations began about production of a major documentary tracing Malcolm's life and advocacy for civil rights. This film, titled Disturber of the Peace, is nearing completion ably led by acclaimed producer Andrew Thomas, working in collaboration with Mark Thompson. Full information is here.

In 2011, to coincide with Malcolm's 88th birthday, Seabury Books published Black Battle, White Knight: The Authorized Biography of Malcolm Boyd by Michael Battle—with a foreword by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. By incorporating emails and conversations shared during spiritual direction sessions, Battle weaves his own story into that of Malcolm's and gives the book an unconventional, intimate feel, creating for the reader a sensation of eavesdropping on a highly provocative conversation. Desmond Tutu captures, in his foreword, the apparent oddity of the pairing of Battle and Boyd: “One is an octogenarian, and the other a late baby boomer. One is heterosexual, married with three children, and the other is gay in a long-term partnership. One is black and the other is white. But the similarities far outweigh the differences, the chief similarity being their mutual search for God here and everywhere.”

In 2011, Malcolm began as a regular columnist for the Huffington Post religion pages. A link to his columns is here.

On April 27, 2013, the Lambda Literary Foundation hosted OUTWRITE!, a special celebration honoring Los Angeles LGBT literary pioneers — Malcolm Boyd, Lillian Faderman, Katherine V. Forrest, John Rechy and Patricia Nell Warren — at the West Hollywood Public Library. The evening marked the organization's 25th anniversary.

In advance of Malcolm's 90th birthday, June 8, 2013, a Christian Science Monitor profile written by veteran journalist Gary Yerkey noted Malcolm's expertise “the message of Christianity outside of the walls of the church to champion minority rights and show that God is everywhere.” The full article is here. A festive 90th birthday celebration followed at the Pasadena home of Bishop Jon and Mary Bruno.

In May 2014, Malcolm and Mark traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Malcolm received an honorary doctorate from the Episcopal Divinity School, located near the campus of Harvard University. Coverage is here.

On June 21, 2014, Malcolm marked the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate by Los Angeles Bishop F. Eric Bloy, who presided at the June 21, 1954 rites in St. Paul's Cathedral on Figueroa Street. Recognizing the 150th anniversary of this same congregation in which he was ordained, Malcolm with Mark attended the October 26 canons' evensong and dinner at the Cathedral Center in Echo Park.

Late 2014 found Malcolm preparing for the 50th anniversary, in spring 2015, of the 1965 release of his best-selling classic, Are You Running With Me, Jesus? Anticipating this occasion, Malcolm wrote: &ldquoMy book of prayers clearly now belongs to the world. I know that. I love prayer and am grateful it is a powerful part of my life. I wish we could — or would — pray with more passion, greater sensitivity, even more passion. I identify with what a writer for The New York Times wrote about the prayers: 'The eloquence of the prayers comes from the personal struggle they contain &mdash a struggle to believe, to keep going, a spiritual contest that is agonized, courageous and not always won.' 'I am grateful for his insight. I agree with him.'