Thursday, May 10, 2018
7 – 9 PM – Friends Center
(1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia)
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Join CAIR-Philadelphia and the New Africa Center/ICPIC as we honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights icon and Black liberation leader Malcolm X. Malcolm Little, Detroit Red, Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, whom many affectionately called “Brother Malcolm,” would have celebrated his 93rd birthday next month had he not been brought “too soon to death” at the hail of the assassin’s bullets. Millions have come to know the reality of the Black experience through Malcolm’s seminal autobiography. His activism relentlessly challenged the white supremacist paradigms undergirding racialized segregation in the US, and routinely rebuked the perilous conditions it produced for African Americans. Malcolm’s acceptance of Islam has been of incalculable importance for the growth of Islam in the African American community.
As millions of others have experienced over the past 1,400 years, Malcolm found making hajj to be a transformative experience. His pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964 allowed him to embrace the richness of Islam more authentically, and caused him to witness how his newly revived faith could lead to the solving America’s centuries-long racial injustice. In many ways, he inspired us to dare to live freely, and champion the cause of liberty. His strength revealed the power of conviction, and the ability we all have to change the world in which we live.
TIMOTHY WELBECK, ESQ
Civil Rights Attorney, CAIR-Philadelphia. Adjunct Professor, Temple University. Contributor, Huffington Post
Community Activist. President, Evolve Solutions (a management consulting firm). Adviser to Office of Governor Wolf for issues related to African American Muslim Pennsylvanians. Appointed to Pennsylvania Commission for Women by Governor Wolf. Executive Committee, CAIR-PA.
Imam, Muslim Community Masjid of Philadelphia. Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School. Religious Thought Teacher, Friends Select School.
For further info, contact CAIR-Philadelphia at 267.515.6711, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.