Longest-running commemoration of Malcolm X in the world features events addressing the most critical issues facing urban communities today
What do Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Go-Go music giants like EU and Rare Essence, rappers Public Enemy and the late activist and comedian Dick Gregory have in common? They have all appeared at one of the historic Malcolm X Celebrations and events attended by up to 50,000 people held in Southeast Washington, DC from 1972 to 1995 annually in Washington, DC. This May 14-20, 2018, Malcolm X, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, is being commemorated at a series of events in Washington, DC, addressing the most pressing issues facing urban communities today.
On May 19, 2018, the actual date of Malcolm X’s birthday (he would have been 93) a host of local and national speakers and artists will celebrate his legacy at the Community Market Place, 1225 W Street, SE from 12noon to 6pm. Invited speakers include Rev. Willie Wilson, A. Peter Bailey, Al Sharpton, Ron Moten, Denise Rolark Barnes, Imam Johari Abdul Malik and Black Lives Matter activists. Go-go legends EU, featuring Sugar Bear, The Union Temple Men’s Choir, Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, Horu Music Experience, Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers, Poet Kenny Carroll, Konshens the MC and a surprise guest will also motivate, educate, entertain and inspire at this event.