FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAZZ POET ZAYID MUHAMMAD,
SCHOLAR WRITER ANTOINETTE ELLIS-WILLIAMS
SALUTE MALCOLM X AND AMIRI BARAKA AT EAST ORANGE LIBRARY!
On Thursday, February 16th, 2017, East Orange Library’s ‘Cultural Café’ will present a special evening poetic tribute to Malcolm X and Amiri Baraka.
The event will feature Newark based Jazz poet and people’s artist ‘Mr. Scat Attack,’ Zayid Muhammad and author scholar Antoinette Ellis-Williams.
The event is a special Black History Month program anticipating the 52nd anniversary of the haunting assassination of Malcolm X.
Muhammad is the founding press officer for the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee in New York City. He is also the press officer for the People’s Organization for Progress and the media advocate for the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition. He has two volumes of poetry forthcoming, ‘We Ride: For Malcolm, The Black Panther Party, and for Those Who Dare to Heir’ and ‘The Soul Poems-Offerings of Love and Rage.’
Ellis-Williams is a scholar, minister, activist, poet and artist. She is the author of “Black Gardenias: A Collection of Poems, Stories & Sayings from A Woman’s Heart.’ She is a professor of Women and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University and a highly acclaimed Ted Ex speaker.
Malcolm X is arguably the most pivotal figure of the 1960s. In addition to being responsible for the growth of the Nation Of Islam, he is considered one of the most original revolutionary thinkers of his time. His clarion call for Pan Africanism, Black SelfDetermination and SelfDefense sired the Black Power Movement and its cultural companion-The Black Arts Movement. He was assassinated on February 21st, 1965.
Amiri Baraka, one of the most prolific poets and playwrights of all time, became a central figure in both of those movements. It was Baraka who applied the new Black Power politics to the Newark political landscape that ultimately ended that city’s urban apartheid with the election of its first African American mayor Ken Gibson in 1970. He is considered ‘The Father’ of the Black Arts Movement. Baraka, the father of Newark mayor Ras Baraka, passed away at 79 on January 9th, 2014.
“It is always an honor to present for Malcolm and Amiri at home,” said a humbled Muhammad.
“I am who I am because of them.
“I am nothing without them.
“I am grateful for the consideration,” he finished.
The event is from 6-8:30pm. The event is free and is coordinated by legendary arts activist Olumide Ted Wilson. The East Orange Public Library is located at 21 So Arlington Av, East Orange, New Jersey.
For more information about this event and other Library activities, call 973 266 7049, or visit them on the web at www.eopl.org…