It started here.
People gathered together to enjoy the music, dancing, and the fellowship of family and friends. Enterprising black men and women hawked their wares to curious, the hungry and the cultured. Children were on the swings with parents watching over them. Brothers promoted their politics. Artists promoted their works. Sisters crafted magic with hair. Families relaxed on quilts and blankets. It all started here.
The Malcolm X Festival in Atlanta is an annual celebration of Malcolm X’s message of human rights and self-detemination. It is the 23rd year that the Atlanta Chapter of Community Aid and Development Corporation (CAD) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has honored the birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who was born May 19, 1925.
Recreation, fellowship, networking, celebration of culture and cooperative economics: all are the reasons behind the event. However, the most important purpose was for people to come together and reflect on Malcolm’s message of black unity and community service.
Hundreds gathered together as they have for the past 23 years because the people wanted it and the community craved it. ”This is kind of like a the unofficial family reunion.” said Mshairi A Uwezo Siyanda of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. “Its so big to so many people.”
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