The 2012 Malcolm X Celebration starts Thursday

May 14, 2012

The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.

Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.  He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.” 

The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom.  Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”  

The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.

"He is from Cleveland, Ohio where he has a local talk show and he is going to be coming with his own particular message and how so much of the thinking of Malcolm X is still very much appropriate for developing young people in America today, not simply those in the African-American community but young people in general.”

Details on events are available online at