Academy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr and R&B artist Tierra Marie headline annual event.
LOS ANGELES, CA - The birth and legacy of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X will be celebrated at the 14th Annual Malcolm X Arts, Culture and Education Festival on May 20-21 on the grounds of Audubon Middle School from noon to 7pm.
This unique festival is presented by FAMLI Inc. and is the largest festival of its kind dedicated to Malcolm X.
The goal of the festival is to combine workshops, a film festival, musical and spoken word performances as well as youth programming to further its theme, “Mentoring To Save a Generation.’ Over 200 youth will be assigned to and shadow vendors and workers to learn the behind the scenes work and business of the festival.
“Malcolm X said that education is the passport to the future and this year’s festival is all about our youth. To truly live up to the charge Malcolm left us, we must teach our children to be all that they can be and only then will we achieve the excellence that Malcolm died for,” said Torre Brannon Reese, Founder of the Festival and Executive Director of FAMLI, Inc.
Because Malcolm X understood the importance of education and youth, a highlight of the festival will be a Youth Peace Summit to address issues of violence featuring youth leaders, activists and Travon “Tre” Williams, son of Tookie Williams, peace advocate/Crip co-founder. Youth will also be showcased in the “ Malcolm X Youth Speak Off Competition” and “I Am Malcolm X” talent performances.
The festival includes a concert main stage featuring new R&B recording artist Tierra Marie and local groups Four of a Kind, Wadada, Dwight Trible and Renaissance. Najite, protégé of African legend Fela Kuti, will pay a musical tribute to his mentor. The Youth Stage will feature a city-wide Children’s Mass Choir and other performances and activities including a carnival area, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and educational programs.
Academy Award Winner Lou Gossett Jr. will premiere a documentary on his new foundation dedicated to ending racism and helping children to improve self knowledge. Independent critically acclaimed films “Spit” (a documentary on spoken word poets) and “Exit Strategies” (a film on gang violence) are among various films on Malcolm X . “Revolution in the Church” and “Hip Hop and The Future of Our Children” are workshops offered for community discussion. History will be made from the convening of the African Union headed by Professor David L. Horne which succeeds the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Entertainment will be provided all day including a fashion show and spoken word performances in addition to vendors and an international food court.
Sponsors of the event include T.H.E. Clinic, Ephren Capital, Supervisor Yvonne Brathewaite-Burke, Councilman Bernard Parks, Comcast, KDAY FM, KPFK FM and Our Weekly Newspaper. For more information visit www.malcolmxfestival.org or call 213-402-5567.