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“In the Tradition”

Greetings Family,

Nineteen years ago, many of you responded to the collective call that we honor the Families of our PP/POWs for their generational sacrifices to the Black Freedom struggle. It is in that tradition that the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce “In the Tradition,” our 19th Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of our Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War.

This event, co-sponsored by the 1199 SEIU Activists, will be held on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 from 3pm-7pm with dinner served at 4pm and $10 validated parking available will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center, 310 West 43rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) in Manhattan.

Our guest speakers and cultural presentations will be none other than our Beloved Iyaluua Ferguson and Amina Baraka, two radical Black womyn who have long stood “In the Tradition” of holding up half the revolutionary New Afrikan sky.

Iyaluua Ferguson is an educator, former Chair of the People’s Council of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, former exile, editor of “Nation Time,” co-author of “Herman Ferguson: An Unlikely Warrior, Evolution of a Black Nationalist Revolutionary” and founder of this Dinner Tribute. Amina Baraka is a legendary People’s poet, song stylist, member of the Communist Party, endorser of the Black Radical Congress, contributor to several anthologies and raised her son, Ras Baraka, to be the newly elected mayor of the city of Newark. MXCC is extremely proud and honored to welcome both these freedom fighting womyn as invited guests.

It is understatement to say that the past year has brought us many unexpected changes: the Transitions of our Beloved elders and co-founding members Yuri Kochiyama and Chairman Emeritus, Baba Herman Ferguson, radical poet activist Baba Amiri Baraka and the resignation of Mani Gilyard, our several years co-chair. Through it all, MXCC stands firm in our commitment to the work carried out by our revolutionary elders, and steadfast in solidarity with the sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, wives, grandchildren and Loved ones of our captured Freedom Fighters.

The theme “In the Tradition” is a reminder that the struggle for Black self-determination, justice and Liberation continues forward. We send this letter to invite a community of new family, friends and younger people, as we look forward to the continued support and participation of those who for close to two decades have helped us pay well-deserved tribute to our captured Freedom Fighters and their families.

Your Donation remains $40 in advance and $45 at the door with all proceeds going to the commissary accounts of PP/POWs represented by Family at the Dinner.

We ask that if you cannot attend to PLEASE MAKE A DONATION anyway, as this Dinner Tribute helps us absorb some of the financial costs the political imprisonment of their Loved ones places on our families.

On behalf of our PP/POWs and their Families, we say Asante Sana for making this annual fundraising event a valued community institution!!!!!

Let’s “Pick up the Work” to Educate, Agitate & Organize to
Free our Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War
Malcolm X Commemoration Committee

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