A multi-ethnic audience of supporters attended two days of memorial services a couple of weeks ago to commemorate the life and legacy of “The People’s Lawyer,” Lynne Stewart.
Many self-determining activists and freedom fighters were saddened by the heartbreaking news that the courageous attorney Lynne Stewart had passed onto the ancestral realm this past Tuesday at her Brooklyn home.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd anniversary of Malcolm X’s martyrdom, a capacity, multi-ethnic crowd packed into the building where it actually occurred—the former Audubon Ballroom, renamed the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) when it reopened in 2005—to reflect on his iconic legacy.
Last week’s edition of Amsterdam News spanned some significant dates that tied together three different alpha males whose lifetime efforts immensely affected many communities throughout the African Diaspora.
Friday, Feb. 21, 1965 marks the day a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, in full view of his pregnant wife, Betty, and four young daughters along with approximately 400 unsuspecting Organization of Afro-American Unity supporters.
The Harlem community, the boxing fraternity and many members of the Five Percenters, were deeply saddened by the news that Harry Floyd Smith Sr., aka A. Allah, had joined the ancestors Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 83 years of age.
Local activists held a free-of-charge open-house conference on Saturday All Souls Unitarian Church “Reidy Hall”
Already during this brief post-Obama period, community activists are figuring out ways to combat the NYPD’s racial profiling of New York City’s citizens of color.
The period of time between the late 1910s and the mid-1930s, when Black cultures thrived in northern Manhattan, is known as the Harlem Renaissance.
In the World War I era, Jim Crow segregation laws were prominent throughout the United States in all segments of society, as well as during physical combat overseas.