Join us on Malcolm X’s birthday for an AMED Open Classroom co-organized with the National Black Education Agenda. The May 19th Webinar will focus on oral histories of the statement by Black leaders in support of Palestinian freedom and justice in/for Palestine, preserved and available to us from Black4Palestine.
May 19th is not only the birthday of Malcolm X. It is also the date on which the great organizer and community leader and intellectual, Elombe Brath, passed away in 2014.
The statement was published almost 50 years ago on November 1, 1970, in the New York Times, the statement by the Committee of Black Americans for Truth about the Middle-East, C.O.B.A.T.A.M.E.
We are indeed honored that Black leaders who made this Black support for Palestine a concrete reality will be sharing their wisdom and oral history experience.
Confirmed participants include:
* Professor Sam Anderson, National Black Education Agenda, who co-edited the statement and was one of the earlier unsung heroes who was penalized by losing his job at Sarah Lawrence College as a result (insert McGill Women and war stories video)
* Frances M. Beal, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Third World Women’s Alliance
* Phil Hutchings, Chairman of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) when SNCC adopted its statement on Palestine and lost a lot of its funding.
* Professor Bill Strickland (emeritus) Afro American Studies, U-Mass, Amherst. Professor Strickland initiated and drafted the statement.
* Ambassador Robert F. Van Lierop, Esq, Secretary Treasurer of C.O.B.A.T.A.M.E
* Askia Mohammad Toure, Black Arts Movement, editorial Board member, Black America
Future AMED Open classroom will be similarly co-sponsored and co-organized with community groups, including those in the academy and will address relevant issues.
This is the third AMED Studies Open Classroom on Black-Palestinian solidarities. Please see the concept below that we shared to announce the open classrooms on February 15th-
MALCOLM X DAY EVENT #6:
Common, Angela Davis, Pete Rock, Ilyasah Shabazz to honor
Malcolm X Day with a livestream event on Tuesday May 19, 2020
The day-long event marks the icon’s 95th birthday.
Ilyasah Shabazz is teaming up with Common, DJ Pete Rock and Angela Davis to celebrate her father’s 95th birthday and it’s exactly what we need right now.
The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center have announced a special live stream event honoring the iconic leader’s impact and legacy.
The program will be broadcast across multiple platforms – including the Shabazz Center’s website, Facebook, and Instagram pages on May 19th.
The day-long broadcast marks what would have been the iconic freedom fighter’s 95th birthday and will be part of the annual Malcolm X Day celebration.
Tuesday’s event will feature a series of conversations with local and national activists, a town hall-style discussion with elected officials, and a variety of arts and cultural performances.
Confirmed participants include professor, author and activist Ilyasah, who is the daughter of Malcolm X; political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis;
Emmy, Grammy and Oscar-Winning artist Common, and more. Hip-hop legend DJ Pete Rock will also lead a special music tribute live on Instagram at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Additional talent is expected to be announced in the coming days.
“As the global community strives to endure this time of crisis, the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center remains committed to advancing our rich legacy of human rights and social change,” Ilyasah said in a statement.
“We are excited to join together with so many great artists, activists and community leaders to celebrate my father’s 95th birthday, honor his lasting impact, and create a safe space that inspires and uplifts scholarship, joy and resilience in both our children and larger communities,” she concluded.
The Malcolm X-Dr. Betty Shabazz Center’s full Malcolm X Day program schedule & event updates can be found HERE.