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21st Annual Dinner Tribute to
Political Prisoners & Their Families!

Black Resistance Matters: No Surrender, No Retreat!

Sat. March 4, 2017 @ 3 - 7pm
Harlem State Office Building, 163 W. 125 Street at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 3rd Floor

Dinner served at 4pm, Libation at 5pm

Buy tickets now! $40 advance/$45 door--
All Proceeds go to the Commissary Accounts
of PP/POWs Represented at Dinner

Questions? Contact us at: and 718-512-5008.


PO BOX 380-122, Brooklyn, NY 11238,
January 15, 2017

On Saturday, March 4th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host its endearing 21st annual dinner tribute to Black Political Prisoners and their Families!

This moving event will return to the Village of Harlem this year and will be held at The Harlem State Office Building on the 3rd Floor. It will be from 3-7pm with dinner served promptly at 4pm.

The theme of this milestone event is “Black Resistance Matters:No Surrender, No Retreat!”

The tribute began 21 years ago in February 1996 at the Harlem State Office Building with James Small and the late Gil Noble being honored for their commitments.

This year’s tribute will pay homage to the lawyers who have valiantly committed themselves to our political prisoners’ cases for decades in many cases!

The lawyers feted will be Michael ‘Tarif’ Warren, Jill Soffiyah Elijah, Joan Gibbs, Florence Morgan, Robert Boyle, NkechiTaifa, Susan Tipogragh, Lynne Stewart and Eve Rosahn.

“In Panther language, these lawyers are ‘People’s’ lawyers, or lawyers who have committed themselves to serving our struggle for our liberation and to social justice out of their own love for the people.

“These cases are not the kind of cases that bring lawyers’ celebrity status, wealth or fame to their profiles.

“In fact, it is just the opposite.

“They face and subject themselves toprofessional hostility just as our people face institutional hostility for daring to challenge unjust manner of this order and their prosecution and persecution of our freedom fighters.

“It can have its own set of dire consequences for them.

“We need to appreciate them for that as a community.

“Our freedom fighters, who are their clients, absolutely do,” explained press officer Zayid Muhammad pointedly.

This year’s dinner tribute comes on the heels of the loss of two political prisoners, Abdullah Majid and Mondo We Langa, dying in custody while still trying to clear their names. It also comes on the heels of outgoing President Barack Obama deciding not to grant clemency to federal political prisoners Veronza Bowers and Dr. Mutulu Shakur and deciding not to posthumously clear Marcus Garvey, our first political prisoner.

“Over 150 years has been served by these brave men thanks to COINTELPRO, and look at how this ended,” added a pained Dequi Kioni Sadiki, the organization’s passionate chair ,alluding to the continued uphill challenges in trying to secure their freedom.

“Facing circumstances like these are almost impossible without committed lawyers like those who we will honor.”

Among the cultural presenters to perform at this year’s tribute will include Harlem’s own elder statesman of the spoken word Ngoma, and the multi-talented Spiritchild.

Tickets for this moving event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Advance purchases can be made by making checks payable to The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee at the above referenced address.

For more information about the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, please call 718 512 5008 or by email ‘Like’ us on Facebook…

urges you to join us in our mission to keep Brother Malcolm's legacy alive.
Our mission is fourfold:

  • honoring and paying tribute to our fallen leader;
  • actively participating in the struggle to bring freedom and justice to our freedom fighters, the many political prisoners and prisoners of war caged in america;
  • educating our young and not so young about this great brother;
  • and carrying Malcolm's message of the Black Liberation struggle for land,
    independence and reparations to our brothers and sisters
    in the New York Metropolitan Area.


A Celebration of the Life of Baba Herman Ferguson

Saturday, May 16, 2015 • 3-6 p.m.

House of the Lord Pentecostal Church
415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

(between Bond and Nevins Streets)

“A Revolutionary Change in Our Life Time”

Herman Ferguson was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on December 31, 1920. He was an educator and leading figure in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville struggle for community control of NYC public schools, and Assistant Principal at P.S. 40 in Queens and P.S. 21 in Brooklyn.

Herman was a long distance runner in the battle for national liberation. He served as a judge and District Representative of the Republic of New Afrika, was a member and Chairman of the Education Committee of brother Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), and was present on that fateful February 21, 1965 day at the Audubon Ballroom when Malcolm was assassinated. He vowed to carry on Malcolm’s teachings as best he could, organizing the Black Brotherhood Improvement Association in Jamaica, Queens, holding street corner rallies, political education classes, martial arts classes and forming the Jamaica Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc.—all of which made him a target of the u.s. government’s Counterintelligence Program (Cointelpro).

In 1967, Herman chose exile rather than go to prison on the false charges he was convicted of. He, along with his life partner Iyaluua Ferguson, spent nineteen years in Guyana, South America, where he participated in Guyana’s nation-building, rising to the rank of Assistant Director General in it National Service, joined the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 1989, Herman voluntarily returned to the united states and was immediately sent to prison. Upon his release, he immediately stepped back into work in the nationalist community, co-founding the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (now Chairman Emeritus), the National Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Recognition of u.s. held P/POWs, publishing NATION TIME, serving as Administrator of the New Afrikan Liberation Front and co-chairing the Queens chapter of NCOBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America).

In 2009, Herman and Iyaluua relocated to North Carolina, where they collaborated on his bio/memoir, “Herman Ferguson: An Unlikely Warrior, Evolution of a Black Revolutionary Nationalist.”

On September 25, 2014, Herman Ferguson made his Transition. He leaves to cherish his life and legacy his wife, Iyaluua and a long line of family, friends and comrades in the struggle.

To download a palm card, click on the images below:


18th Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families
of our Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War

In Honor of Herman and Iyaluua Ferguson

Thanks to Joe Friendly for the video!

Watch a Slideshow of the 2013 MXCC Dinner by clicking here!


Malcolm X Commemoration Committee • PO Box 380-122 • Brooklyn, NY 11238