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On Saturday, January 27th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (MXCC)
will host its 22nd annual dinner tribute
to Black Political Prisoners and their Families!

This moving event will take place at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan, located at Lexington Avenue and 80th Street. It will be from 3-7pm, with dinner served promptly at 4pm.

This year’s tribute will honor “Those Who Spread the Word: Our Revolutionary Griots.”

This gathering will pay tribute to journalists and artists who have gone out of their way to expose the injustice of U.S.-held political prisoners and who are actively involved in fighting for their release!

Among those to be honored are journalists Nayaba Arinde of the Amsterdam News, Basir Mchawi of Education At The Crossroads and Sally O’Brien of Where We Live, photographer Solwazi Afi Olusola and people’s performing artist Ngoma.

"You would think that given the impact of the Black Panther Party and the larger Black Liberation Movement on the American media order, an impact which created career opportunities for Black journalists like no other period in history, we would have a much wider net of journalists to honor.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Black journalists would rather focus on their careers in a pathetically non-confrontational way than on the demands of our struggle as our rights and opportunities continue to erode in what revolutionary journalist political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal so aptly calls ‘the Great March Backwards,” said an angry Zayid Muhammad, MXCC’s press officer.

Dequi Kioni Sadiki, MXCC’s chair and co-host on Where We Live, agrees.

“Mumia’s case amplifies what wrong with the state of affairs of our struggle, and in particular the struggle to free our political prisoners.

Black journalists do not even unite to support Mumia, one of their own professionally, not to mention the rest of Mumia’s comrades, many of whom have now been locked down for over four decades.

In spite of that, we are absolutely proud to be able to recognize those journalists who do,” she finished emphatically.

Amina Baraka and the Red Microphone will be special guest performers as will Jersey-based spoken word artist Shellyy Spinelli.

Tickets for this moving gathering are $40. in advance and $45. at the door.

The proceeds go to the commissary accounts of the political prisoners represented by their families at the event.

For more information, please call 718-512-5008 or email us at Parties interested in contributing or a paying ahead may go to

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.

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