The late great Malcolm X will be honored on May 19-20 at 803 West Ave in Rochester, NY. The hosts CJI, NOI, BERR, Mission of Hope, and others state the event "will feature a town hall meeting discussing 3 eras of Malcolm X. The panel will include brilliant builders on Malcolm's global impact. Our youth will do the knowledge about how Malcolm X has influenced their worldview & more. "
The weekend of celebration and learning will feature discussions on Malcolm X and his impact on the Rochester area. According to an article published by D&C, Malcolm X spoke in Rochester at the church and at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School two days after the firebombing of his family's home in Queens. The late Minister Franklin Florence organized the visit. Florence told Democrat and Chronicle columnist Dick Prince that Malcolm X, fearful for his life, rebuked Florence for being late in picking him up at the airport. Rochester police stayed with him constantly, according to news reports of the time. The courageous activist was assassinated just five days after visiting Rochester in 1965. According to reports, on February 18, 1965, Malcolm X gave his last public speech at Barnard College in the LeFrak gymnasium—he was assassinated just three days later at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem.
The late Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton stated, "You can kill a revolutionary, but you can never kill the revolution." Almost 60 years later, Malcolm X's legacy continues to live on. Local community leaders are spreading the word of Malcolm's memory by encouraging more Black Americans to build stronger communities and wealth.
A mural honoring Malcolm X, Connie Mitchell, and Minister Franklin Florence is displayed at East High School.
For more information, please contact
(585) 355-7884 or MalcolmXfestivalroc@gmail.com