Longtime journalist author Herb Boyd will be the special guest of the People’s Organization for Progress to observe the 98th birthday anniversary of the unconquerable Human Rights champion Malcolm X.
Boyd will virtually address the organization’s General Assembly meeting on Thursday evening May 11th.
Boyd, a son of Detroit a city hugely important to Malcolm’s history, is the author of 17 books and has been a fixture of Harlem’s Amsterdam News, one of the oldest Black newspapers in the country, for decades. In addition to books on Harlem legends James Baldwin and Sugar Ray Robinson, he has edited two hugely important volumes on Malcolm X, The Diary of Malcolm X, which documents Malcolm’s legendary travels abroad in pursuit of his bold human rights challenge, and Malcolm X: Real, Not Invented, a volume taking on the shameful attack on Malcolm’s legacy by the late Manning Marable.A master teacher, Boyd has also done Harlem tours of Malcolm’s presence in Harlem.
Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 to courageous Garveyite parents who faced violent repression for their activism that ultimately broke up their household in Malcolm’s youth. After surviving the state sponsored break up of his family and a stint in prison for criminal activity in his youth, Malcolm would join the Nation Of Islam while still in prison with his brothers and sisters. Upon his release from prison in 1952, he emerged as an indefatigable organizer for the Nation and became singularly responsible for its exponential growth. Political differences forced Malcolm to leave the Nation in 1963, which only freed him to champion an International Human Rights campaign rooted in radical PanAfricanism to transform and expand the Civil Rights movement. He was assassinated at only 39 on February 21, 1965 at only 39 just as he preparing to build his courageous Human Rights campaign.
The People’s Organization for Progress now hosts their weekly General Assembly meetings virtually.
Please call Chairman Lawrence Hamm at 973 801 0001 or Vice Chair Ingrid Hill at 973 951 3369 if interested in obtaining the link for this moving conversation...