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Fri. May 19: 28th Annual Black Power “Shut ‘Em Down” March
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St.
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.
Fri. May 19: 6 p.m., Cultural Tribute to Malcolm X
Gallery of the State Office Building (163 W. 125th St.)
– African drumming by Ndigo Washington and Joyce Jones
– Film Malcolm X Speaks
– Spoken word presentations: Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, Mandela Brathwaite and the IMPACT Repertory Theatre Group – Jazz performance by Jazzmeia Horn’s quartet.
A CALL TO CONFERENCE ON MALCOLM X’S BIRTHDAY
In honoring the 92nd year of the birth of Malcolm X, we are challenged to apply the lessons Malcolm taught us to the rapidly deteriorating conditions of Black people in America.
Conditions founded on chattel enslavement; passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments denying Black people the right to choose their destiny, chaining Black people to a second-class citizenship of terrorism, cheap labor, and poverty.
Conditions through which Black people have been forced and educated to believe that integration is the road to equality and prosperity, while in reality, we exist just as separate and even more unequal than centuries ago.
Conditions which recognize the 12th anniversary of the Katrina Debacle, which journalist Jelani Cobb so accurately proposed should be seen as “a referendum on Black Citizenship in America”.
At any point in time, any or all our ‘rights’ are subject to arbitrary denial by any racist or ignorant bigot toeing the US policy of white supremacy.
Every social indicator puts us at the bottom – economic development, education, health, employment, housing, criminal and civil justice, infant mortality, and overall death rates.Resistance at every turn has strengthened us in our struggle for freedom and today, continues to force us to clarify the meaning of fundamental change.
Resistance at every turn has strengthened us in our struggle for freedom and today, continues to force us to clarify the meaning of fundamental change.
This history dares us to objectively define our colonized political, social and economic reality and chart a course toward our own development or perish. A mission that requires “real talk” to each other.
Those of us here in the United States have never really made a choice for ourselves as to how or by whom we should be governed. The US government has defined us as slaves, 3/5’s human, second class citizens, the underclass, underprivileged, criminals etc.
The Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination seeks to push forward the direction of the Black Freedom Movement putting the issue of separation on Black People’s Agenda and the necessity of Black People’s right to choose; our right to a referendum/plebiscite on how our people will relate to this government on a fundamental basis.
We have a right to a “CHOICE” / we have a right to a referendum / a Plebiscite.
December 12th Movement / The Choice Campaign