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Malcolm X Celebration May 21

Malcolm X Legacy Celebrated at UC Riverside May 21

Music and a Talk Called, “The Ballot or the Bullet . . .Revisited”

(May 19, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The African Student Programs at UC Riverside will honor the legacy of Malcolm X at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, in Watkins 1000. The tribute will include music and a keynote address by Daniel E. Walker, a lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies, called, “The Ballot or the Bullet . . . Revisited.”

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will depict Malcolm X’s influence over a variety of topics, including racial equality, economic justice, and human rights in the U.S. and abroad. Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 on April 21st 1965. His Islamic name at the time of his death was El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He would be 79 on May 19th if he were still alive.

UCR alumnus Akili Hardy, currently a member of the musical group Ankore, will sing.

Dr. Daniel E. Walker is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University currently serving as a visiting assistant professor of Latin American History at Occidental College and as a lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UCR. Prior to this appointment he served as the Associate Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Houston. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Fontana, Walker co-founded Leadership Excellence, a non-profit organization, was the executive director of the Tijuana/San Diego Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity; and Dramatik Afrikan Produktions, a partnership with award-winning playwright Rickerby Hinds designed to bring the theater to inner-city youth. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University, a masters in History from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. from 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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