Organisation of BlackUnity presents the Make it Plain:Film showing of Malcolm X's extrordinary journey, through a delinquent in Nebraska to the voice of the nation of Islam, to his infamous death. This free showing of his life explains and inspires people to learn about the real Malcolm X, to his youth and career and answers questions about his extrordinary life.
Year X continues with an event to mark 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X. Malcolm was one of the most outspoken people in Black history. He was open about his politics and had lived by the motto ‘make it plain’, putting out his message clear and to the point. In this event Dr Kehinde Andrews, Chair of OBU will take excerpts of some of Malcolm’s speeches and interviews and apply them to what is happening in the world today. Malcolm X’s analysis and message are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago, come along to see what he would have said about some of the key issues of the day in including, #Blacklivesmatter, terrorism, elections 2015 and the state of the Black community.
Fifty years ago Malcolm X visited Birmingham, just 9 days before he was assassinated. On his trip to the city he visited Marshall Street in Smethwick, which was in the grip of a housing controversy, with the council buying up houses to prevent ethnic minorities moving in. Later in the year one of the most racist elections in British history took place, with the victorious Conservative candidate for the area endorsing the slogan ‘If you want a Nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour’. Malcolm explained that he had come to Smethwick because he had heard the ethnic minorities were ‘being treated as the Jews were under Hitler’.
In this event Dr Kehinde Andrews and Dr John Narayan will examine the significance of Malcolm’s visit to Marshall Street in 1965 and the continued legacy of racism in politics. 50 years on, the rise of UKIP has shifted the political discussion rightwards and is eerily reminiscent of the time of Malcolm’s visit. One of the lasting legacies of Malcolm X’s politics are his internationalism in understanding local issues and the event will approach the immigration debate from a global perspective. 50 years on the legacy of Malcolm X is as important as ever