I AM Malcolm X
27 February 2009, London, Leeds and Manchester
"I Am Malcolm X"
Radical. Rebel. Remarkable. Malcolm X lived fighting for an end to racism and died seeking justice for all. Join Malcolm X's daughter and some of urban music's most powerful voices as they spit conscious lyrics, incendiary spoken work and revolutionary poetry to celebrate and revive the legacy of our "shining black prince" - El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.
Brought to you by Radical Middle Way and Mecca2Medina/Crescent Moon Media
Sr Malikah Shabazz (USA)
Environmental Campaigner and Daughter of Malcolm X
Shaykh Babikir Ahmed Babikir
Urban Islam's Scholar-Sage
West Coast Hip Hop's Rising Star
Cultural Revolutionary and DJ Extraordinaire
Britain's Islamic Rap Pioneers
Acclaimed Spoken Word and Hip Hop Duo
Mozambican Hip Hop Activist
Masikah AKA Feesabilallah
London's Lyrical Maestro
Straight Talking Inner City Poet
Conscious Lyricist with a Maghrebi Vibe
and EXCITING LOCAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY!
Malcolm X dedicated his life to change. This tour is about connecting young people to the great inheritance of Malcolm X, particularly his commitment to social justice, spiritual renewal and the possibility of radical change through meaningful, united social action. The Malcolm X we are celebrating is the one whose life turned at Hajj - the Malcolm X who embraced Islam and with it all of humanity. The Malcolm X who ended his life building bridges with others, while remaining firmly committed to radical change. The Malcolm X who died because he rejected the extremes of nationalism and separation in favour of unity and action. This event is way for all of us to affirm: "We are all Malcolm's children! We are his legacy! We are the fruit of his work!"
As Malcolm X said: "True Islam has taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete... Since I learned the truth in Mecca, my dearest friends have come to include all kinds - some Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, and even atheists! I have friends who are called capitalists, Socialists and Communists! Some of my friends are moderates, conservatives, extremists - some are even Uncle Toms! My friends today are black, brown, yellow, and white… If I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America – then, all the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine."
Partners include: The Platform Community, The Drum and many more