Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 23 books, including his most recent one, The Diary of Malcolm X co-edited with Ilyasah Shabazz. His book Baldwin's Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient of an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America, an anthology. Other biographies include Pound for Pound—The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson and a young adult book on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is an adjunct professor at City College of New York.