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Malcolm X Celebration May 19

UC Riverside Celebrates Legacy of Malcolm X

African Student Programs Offers May 19 Birthday Tribute to Civil Rights Icon

(May 12, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The UC Riverside African Student Programs office will sponsor a tribute to Malcolm X at 6 p.m. Monday, May 19, in Humanities 1500. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include musical performances and spoken tributes.

A cross cultural group of UCR undergraduates called AfroAztlan will perform a song entitled “Revolution” and UCR alumni Jamila Ford will sing a song she wrote entitled “Little Wing.”

Malcolm X, who was born with the last name "Little," was assassinated April 21st 1965 at the age 39, when he was at the height of his influence in the struggle for racial equality, economic justice and human rights in the U.S. and abroad. His Islamic name at the time of his death was El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He would be 78 this year if he were still alive.

Dr. Daniel E. Walker, a lecturer in the UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Malcolm X: A True American Patriot.” Walker, who earned his masters degree at UC Riverside, is also an assistant professor of history at Indiana University and a visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Occidental College.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Fontana, Walker has a long history of community activism and leadership throughout the state and the nation. He co-founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit organization that continually placed over 97 percent of its high school participants in four-year colleges and universities; was executive director of the Tijuana/San Diego Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity; served as a project manager with the New York City Economic Development Corporation; was executive director of Dramatik Afrikan Produktions, a partnership with award-winning playwright Rickerby Hinds designed to bring the theater to inner-city youth; and associate director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Houston.

Parking on campus costs $6 per day. For more information about this event phone African Student Programs at 909-787-4576

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