Black August: A celebration of Hip Hop and our Freedom Fighters is a project of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (www.mxgm.org), which strives to support the global development of Hip Hop culture by facilitating exchanges between international communities where Hip Hop is a vital part of youth culture, and by promoting awareness about the social and political issues that affect these youth communities. Our goal is to bring culture and political awareness together and to allow them to naturally evolve into a unique Hip Hop consciousness that informs our collective struggle for a more just, equitable and humane world.
May 19th Birthday Celebration – African Cultural Festival
The Foundation hosted a Tribute on Saturday, May 19th at the birth place in honor of Malik El Shabazz. National Public Radio’s (NPR) StoryCorps was on hand to interview local persons attending the Tribute as to how the legacy of Malcolm X has impacted their lives.
Omaha Public School fourth grade students had an art exhibition at the event and fifth & sixth grade students were interviewed by OPS African-American Achievement Council Co-Chair and KETV show host, Ben Gray. They were interviewed about a book they have previously read about the life of Malcolm X, “By Any Means Necessary”, by noted author, Walter Dean Myers.
The students participating in the project were from Mount View or Walnut Hill Elementary Schools. There was also a book giveaway for children sponsored by the Omaha Public Library.
Bro. N’Krumah and Sis. Arellano shared powerful spoken word pieces of their own as well as selections of works by activist rap duo Dead Prez and Nebraska Political Prisoner Mondo We Langa.