LEE JASPER TALK ON MALCOLM X WITH SPOKEN WORD/ POETRY PERFORMANCES
LEE JASPER TALK ON MALCOLM X WITH SPOKEN WORD/ POETRY PERFORMANCES
Written by Demsey
February 13, 2012
BARAC Manchester are hosting two commemorative events celebrating the life of brother Malcolm X approaching the anniversary of his assassination. BLACK ACTIVISTS RISING AGAINST CUTS Manchester
Are proud to present a preamble event to the STAND FOR SOMETHING Community Conference (Saturday 18th Feb)
& Invite You All to attend LEE JASPER talks MALCOLM X
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose, and you do not need ten such men. Only one will do.’ Malcolm X was one such man.
From his birth in Omaha to his assassination in the Audubon ballroom on February 21st 1964 he was every bit the creation of the American society and, whether he was living a life of drug addled hedonism as a youth in Harlem or preaching Black Nationalism as an abstemious member of the Nation of Islam, American society would always find him dangerous.
Lee Jasper shares with us that he “Read his (Malcolm X) biography whilst rotting in Jail as a teenager in the Victorian hell hole that was Strangeways Prison Manchester. It turned my life around so I’m delighted to be speaking at a memorial meeting about Malcolm X in Manchester which is commemorating the life of Malcolm X.
Lee is a Mancunian , a prominent race and human rights activist and has founded a range of the UK's most prominent national black organisations.
Join us in this personal, political and spiritual journey; a journey we rarely hear about because those who live in the ghetto almost by definition never get to be heard.
Can we draw any parallels as to what is occurring in our Black communities today? Are there lessons to be learnt? An evening of real Black Culture, Politics and Community Activism!
Also Joining us on the night will be
Zita Holbourne, renowned performance poet, spoken word artist and visual artist will be exciting, informing and without a doubt inspiring you to be more than just an arm chair politician with her awe inspiring pieces of work like, Strange Kind Of Justice, poem dedicated to Stephen Lawrence, Who Am I, No Apology; written in response to the Diane Abbott tweet and Uprising; August 2011. Zita has performed at a wide range of events including on TV and radio, former co-host & resident poet of Nu Whirled Voyces and won many awards including being a finalist of and 1 of 5 people's choice finalists in the 2010/11 Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word competion.
Both Lee and Zita are the co Chairs of BARAC.
Mark Mace Smith, who describes himself as an Obsessive Compulsive Defective (365) Artist but his talents don’t stop there! He is The Ultimate Slam Poet 2011, BBC North/MediaCityUK Poet in Residence, Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam winner 2008 (RU 2009) and BBC Slam finalist.
He is the THUD DUB Socio-political, abstract expressionist. Mark is also a Poet, Painter, Photographer, Percussionist, Beat Boxer, Musician, Film Maker, Sculptor & Philosopher.
WE ARE TRULY AMONGST GIANTS!
Hosted by Yvonne MaCalla
Featuring others guests Amanda Milligan & MORE!
£3 entrance fee. Under 16 concessions
Refreshments on sale. % of money raised will go to a charity which will be chosen by attendees on the night.
Don’t miss this event which promises to be thought provoking, entertaining and definitely inspiring!
Event no 2.
The following day we will holding the:
BARAC 'STAND FOR SOMETHING ' COMMUNITY CONFERENCE 18TH FEB, MANCHESTER
As we move into the time where the 2nd round of local cuts will be implemented BARAC Manchester are inviting the community to come together to get a clear understanding as to
1. What cuts have been made
2. How the cuts are impacting on the community
3. How the cuts are impacting disproportionately on the Black Community, locally and nationally.
4. Explore what actions need to be taken
5. Put proposals of actions forward
We will be hearing from a number of local and national speakers on ' Youth & the Older community', 'Public & Community/Voluntary Sector' 'Health & NHS Reform' 'Pensions & Welfare reform' ‘Policing & Community Security’ and ‘Race & Racism’
It doesn't matter what age, what sector, unemployed or employed, disabled or abled...the cuts are going to impact on you!
It has been reported that only 5% of the cuts have been imposed and as Manchester has been named ‘Child poverty capital of Britain’ with 25,000 growing up in severe poverty, and if we take into consideration that the African, Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani descent communities along with other minority ethnic groups are among the most acutely deprived communities in Britain, WE need to be talking, lobbying, protesting and Organising so that We are in a more unified and organised position to oppose the cuts!
STAND FOR SOMETHING Community Conference is in commemoration & inspired by Malcolm X.....who said that the most important thing for any community to grow and prosper is to ensure that they have the responsibility of their economics, politics and culture and if at any time you relinquish any of those you will surely shrivel and die’.
Well, well Brothas, Sistas & Comrades, this is that time, again, when we need to make sure that we take a stand so that the politics, economics and cultural well being of Our community is not only safeguarded but enhanced substantially. Because if we don’t, we won’t just be the 1st generation to leave the world in a worse state than when we inherited it but more importantly and disappointingly we will be the 1st generation to bequeath a world to our next generation worse than when we inherited it.
Whether you are young or old, unemployed or employed, disabled or abled, private, public community or voluntary sector workers let’s make a stand and join us
Community event in Commemoration and Inspired by MALCOLM X
Lee Jasper; Co-Chair BARAC;
Zita Holbourne; Co-Chair BARAC; National Exec PCS Union
Kingsley Abrams National Exec UNITE; Labour Councillor
Charles Crichlow; President, National Black Police Assoc.
Merlin Emmanuel; Justice for Peace for Smiley Culture
Weyman Bennett; UAF Joint Secretary
Angela Lawrence & Gabrielle Samuels; Director, Manchester Active Voices
Ratna Lachman; JUST West Yorkshire
& more speakers to be confirmed.
£5 includes meal/refreshments & crèche (please book for catering and crèche facilities)
This event is supported by
•Marcus from Megatone Sound Foundation
•The Search Engine
•Lloyd Hanley; Alvinos
•Manchester Active Voices
•Just West Yorkshire
•Memorial Exhibition Society
•Wigan & Leigh Trades Council
•Black & Asian Police Association
•Public and Commercial Services Union
•Manchester Coalition Against The Cuts
•Unite Against Fascism
•Manchester Trades Union Council
•Angela Brown, Yvonne MaCalla, Amanda Milligan & Mark Mace Smith
•OceanBlack & The Mbari Group
Thank you from Colette Williams, Maurice Shaw, Deyika Nzeribe and Clifford Cawthon
Zita Holbourne & Lee Jasper
Co-founders/ National Co-Chairs
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC UK)
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