On Sunday, January 17th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host its 20th anniversary of their endearing annual tribute to Black Political Prisoners and their Families!
This moving event will place at the Martin Luther King Jr., 1199 Labor Center, located at 310 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. The event is from 3-7pm with dinner served promptly at 4pm.
The theme of this milestone event is “800 Years: Legacy, Commitment, Sacrifice, Honoring Our Captive Black Freedom Fighters!”
This incredible event will be highlighted by special guest speakers Sekou Odinga and Lynne Stewart, both recently released freedom fighters! Odinga, a veteran of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, endured 33 years in the NY prison system. Stewart, a brave and much beloved people’s lawyer nearly died in prison from breast cancer, but was released on the consequence of a mass medically compassionate release campaign.
“While we are proud to have reached this milestone with a consistency of effort that our freedom fighters’ and their families appreciate with our 20th anniversary dinner tribute, we must underscore that the challenge of our commitment is a consequence of the insidious nature of this issue,” explained a guardedly passionate Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, the organization’s chair.
“It is underscored by the fact that the overwhelmingly majority of our freedom fighters, after 20, 30, and 40 years, are still in captivity,” she finished.
Zayid Muhammad, the organization’s press officer and last surviving founding member, echoed those sentiments.
“20 years of solid consistent work is one thing,” he said. “But our freedom fighters enduring over 800 years of captivity, over 800 years of captivity, is something else. “We continue to insist that our freedom fighters are Malcolm’s tragically still ‘hidden legacy’ and that it is time that this government’s dirty political prisoner secret be put on blast before the world,” he finished pointedly.
Two powerful young artists will also perform at this moving event. Hailing all the way from New Orleans is soulful songstress Mykia Jovan, and no stranger to support for Black freedom fighters is spoken word artist Verbal Artisan, straight out of the Bronx!
TIckets for this moving event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Validated parking will be available. Advance purchases can be made by making checks payable to The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee at the above referenced address…