“We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter,
and a common discriminator…
Once we all realize that we have a common enemy,
then we unite, on the basis of what we have in common…"
Malcolm X—Message to the Grass Roots
On Friday, May 19th, the world will come to New York to observe the 92nd birth anniversary of Malcolm X!
The central activity for that historic observation will be the annual pilgrimage to his gravesite. The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (MXCC) and the Sons of Afrika will again co-host the Organization of Afro-American Unity’s (OAAU) Annual Pilgrimage to his Gravesite!
At 9am, participants will assemble at the Harlem State Office Building located at 125thStreet and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to prepare to caravan to Malcolm’s gravesite at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, NY. The bus and car caravan will leave Harlem promptly at 9:30amfor the Cemetery!
Tickets for the busses going up to the Cemetery are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Families and groups wishing to ride should call in advance to make reservations at 718 512 5008 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grave site ceremony was conceived and developed shortly after his death by the late Ella Little-Collins, Malcolm’s older sister who was with him in the OAAU. The organization has faithfully maintained this pilgrimage on an annual basis through the leadership of Baba James Small for nearly 50 years!
In 1993, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, under the leadership of the late Baba Herman Ferguson, a founding member of the OAAU and former political prisoner himself, made a commitment to grow the pilgrimage. Since then, the pilgrimage has grown exponentially, drawing participants from all along the northeast coast from Boston to Washington, DC. For example, Washington DC chapter of the National Black United Front, led by Salim Adofo, has already announced its plans to return with a bus load!
Other key activities of the day will include the closing down of stores on 125th Street and memorial observation forums at the Shabazz Center and at the Schomburg.
“We are very proud of our role in growing the pilgrimage,” said Zayid Muhammad, MXCC’s founding press officer…
MALCOLM X WEEKEND in DETROIT and for all
the "CARS & BUSES" From WASHINGTON DC,
B-MORE, PHILLY, NEWARK, CHICAGO & BOSTON
who are coming on Friday to HARLEM, NYC!
TO CELEBRATE 92 YEARS OF BRO. MALCOLM X!
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE GRAVESITE
OF MALCOLM X AND MORE!
THE MALCOLM X COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE
PO BOX 380-122, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11238
This May 19 and 20 the December 12th Movement is calling on our community to respect and celebrate Malcolm X by participating in the Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination.
May 19, we will assemble at noon at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building (163 W. 125th St.) for our 28th annual Black Power “Shut ‘Em Down” March. The march will kick off at 1 p.m. as we ensure that all the businesses on 125th Street between St. Nicholas and Fifth avenues close from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in a commercial show of respect for Brother Malcolm.
At 6 p.m., we will host a Cultural Tribute to Malcolm X in the Gallery of the State Office Building. African drumming by Ndigo Washington and Joyce Jones will introduce the film “Malcolm X Speaks.” Spoken word presentations by the inimitable Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, the fiery Mandela Brathwaite (son of Pan-African giant Elombe Brath) and the nationally acclaimed IMPACT Repertory Theatre Group will be followed by a jazz performance by Jazzmeia Horn’s (2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition winner) quartet.
The conference will formally open Saturday, May 20, at All Souls Episcopal Church (88 St. Nicholas Ave. at 114th Street). Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., theDecember 12th Movement and the conference organizational supporters will greet the attendees. The dynamic Fred Hampton Jr., son of the slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, and chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee, will deliver the keynote address at 11:30 a.m.
The heart of the conference will be the two panels/workshops. From noon to 2 p.m., the first panel, on “The Historical Demand for Independence and Reparations,” will be a discussion on (i) Black people’s revolutionary battles for self-determination through independence, separation and repatriation and (ii) the political and legal battles for reparations as a remedy for the United States’ crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing (now called “gentrification”) of Black people.
The second panel, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., on “The Political and Cultural Battle for Independence and Freedom” will look at how a plebiscite (referendum) can be a weapon for Black self-determination and a weapon against rising fascism in the U.S. The open discussion will examine “Which Way Forward” for Black people in the age of the Trump/Clinton platform of lies and the systemic derailing of our fight for freedom.
The day will conclude at 5:30 with a plenary to sum up the panels’ findings and propose a course of action for the future.
The conference is supported by CEMOTAP, National Black United Front, People’s Organization for Progress and Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
New York City Jericho Movement
On Thursday, May 18th, the People’s Organization for Progress will host an in-house forum and tribute to observe the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X in their general assembly meeting!
Special guest will be educator and activist Akili Buchanan.
Buchanan, as a student activist, led the historic charge to have Newark’s South Side High School to be renamed Malcolm X. Shabazz High School. Hamm would lead the Newark Board of Education’s decision to support the renaming. Hamm was on the Board at the time having been made the youngest person to be appointed to a school board in the country when then Mayor Ken Gibson appointed him to the Board in 1971 when Hamm was only 17 years old.
Both Hamm and Buchanan were young participants in the late Amiri Baraka’s Committee For A Unified Newark.
Both were providing a dramatic answer to Baraka’s national call to have majority African American communities to rename their public institutions after their national and local heroes as a cultural and psychological break with the racism of America’s past!
They would both go on to Princeton University and continue to energize the Black student movement.
Hamm and Buchanan will be taped in an engaging dialogue discussing those highly charged historical moments.
The general assembly meeting takes at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 224 West Kinney Street, Newark. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Malcolm X, the legendary champion of human rights, was born on May 19th, 1925…
THE PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS
PO BOX 22505
NEWARK, NJ 07101
973 801 0001