May 19 marks what would have been Malcolm X’s 95th birthday. The legendary activist became a driving force in the civil rights movement and was the face of resistance against an oppressive system that believed blacks did not deserve the same rights as others in this country. Today, his legacy lives on in his famous speeches and contributions that greatly benefited the African American community. To honor the slain cultural icon, a number of black leaders including Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rev. Al Sharpton, Common, Angela Davis, and many more will come together for a virtual celebration.
A full-day special event titled “A Tribute In Word and Sound” will Tuesday at 10 a.m. eST, featuring professor, author, and activist IIyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, who will lead a discussion on “Black Women Leading the Revolution.” The discussion will be broadcast from the Shabazz Center starting at 3 p.m. EST. Hip-hop legend Pete Rock will also lead a special DJ tribute starting at 4 p.m. through Instagram Live following the discussion.
“As the global community strives to endure this time of crisis, the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center remains committed to advancing our rich legacy of human rights and social change,” said Shabazz in a press statement.
“We are excited to join together with so many great artists, activists, and community leaders to celebrate my father’s 95th birthday, honor his lasting impact, and create a safe space that inspires and uplifts scholarship, joy and resilience in both our children and larger communities.”
Viewers will be able to join the virtual celebration through the Shabazz Center’s Facebook and Instagram in addition to its website.