Sunday, February 22, 2015

Malcolm X Commemorated at the Audubon Ballroom

 I am always sometimes, able to remember the commemoration of El Hajj Malk El Shabazz a.k.a Malcolm X, because he was assasinated one day before my birthday. I have always thought this man to be  THE example of evolution, "evolving" and just how  imperative it is that human beings have this right and must thorougly exercise it.

source:Washington, Post

Several hundred people gathered Saturday for a moving series of speeches, poetry, songs and prayer to commemorate the short life and evolving legacy of Malcolm X, who was cut down by a hail of assassins’ bullets a half-century ago.

A series of local elected officials, friends, family members and religious leaders used the event to highlight the remarkable transformation of the former Malcolm Little. In his 39 years, Malcolm went from petty criminal and prisoner to Nation of Islam leader and, finally, to a martyr widely celebrated as one of the nation’s most influential human rights leaders.

“Malcolm is a transformational figure,” said Ron Daniels, a longtime activist and president of the Institute for the Black World 21st Century. “His story is one of a life changed. He came out of the ghetto, like so many, but managed to raise himself up to be a leader with a global vision.”

The ceremony was held at the same Harlem ballroom where Malcolm was killed 50 years ago. The former Audubon Ballroom is now the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, a brightly lit space for the arts and community events with a huge mural depicting pivotal scenes from Malcolm’s life. A blue spotlight marks the spot where he was killed.  Read in Entirety

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