A Legacy of Love and Liberation
Event on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X.
For photos from this event, go here.
From the eulogy delivered by Ossie Davis
Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man – but a seed – which, after the winter of our discontent, will come forth again to meet us. And we will know him then for what he was and is – a Prince – our own black shining Prince! – who didn’t hesitate to die, because he loved us so.
Confronted with today’s mass incarceration, persistent police brutality, and rising economic inequality, Malcolm X’s legacy of love and liberation speaks directly to us. Indeed, his life as a champion for Black emancipation and as cosmopolitan internationalist speaks to the rising movement of young people who are taking the fight for racial equality and economic justice to the streets.
This public program on the occasion of the upcoming 50th anniversary of his murder is going to take place at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center (formerly Audubon Ballroom) in Harlem, NY. We will lean into Malcolm’s legacy of radical activism and look at the complex layers of a man whose passion continues to ignite and inspire our struggle for a just world in the 21st century.
Sonia Sanchez, Poet Activist
Tariq Ali, Writer, New Left Review; Verso Press
Alicia Garza, Co-founder #BlackLivesMatter
Leith Mullings, Professor, CUNY
Boots Riley, Rapper (The Coup)
Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Free and open to the public.