Despite the weather(with the exception of a major catastrophe) Malcolm X Day Community Cookout will still take place.
If it’s just light showers here and there, the event will still be held at Gus Young Park.
In the event of a major storm, we will relocate activities to the MLK Center, which is almost directly across the street from Gus Young Park.
No, the Malcolm X Day Celebration is not religious by any means. It is a celebration for a great man who devoted his life to progress & truth, a great man that gave his life for what he believed and those whom he loved.
Malcolm X for at least part(s) of his life considered himself Muslim, but these events aren’t about his religious practices or beliefs, but instead are about his commitment to his community and their progress.
We invite all members of the community whatever your religion to stand with us for UNITY, PROGRESS & JUSTICE.
Of course it’s okay if you attend the event. The requirements for attendance have nothing to do with race. If you are authentically concerned about helping the black community move forward and unify, then this is an event for you. If you have listened to, studied or know of the great works of Malcolm X and you have an appreciation for him, then yes please attend and do what you can to spread the word.
I've never heard of Malcolm X Day, is it an official holiday recognized by the state & federal government?
The simple answer to your question is : No, Malcolm X Day is not(yet) recognized by the state and local government as an “official” holiday.
The real answer is, you and all citizens can celebrate which ever holiday we deem to celebrate; it is not necessary to be given “permission” to do so. Malcolm X Day is one of those days that definitely needs to be celebrated; his life, his thoughts, his change and his impact is something that we should pay tribute to despite what the “official” calendar says. So on this day May 19th, we celebrate intelligence, wisdom, unity, strength and forward progress as a community. On this day we work toward making a real effort to do better , to have more impact and to improve the conditions of our community. We do so for our future and in honor of Malcolm X!
Yes definitely can.
You can contribute financially using the button below. Financial contributions will go towards things like
- Food & Supplies
- Tents & Setup
If you would like donate goods directly to be contributed towards the community cookout, we are accepting donations for :
- Chips(packs/boxes of individual bags)
- Soda / Gatorade
To keep consistency of items, and safety of preparation these are the only items we are accepting direct donations for from the general public. If you by chance or a store that would like to donate a significant amount of an item (baked beans, fresh chicken, hot dogs) then please contact us as we will make exceptions in this case as it will allow us to keep the consistency and safety for the attendees of Malcolm X Day Community Cookout
To arrange for delivery or pickup of items you would like to donate, please use the contact form and indicate you would like to donate and what you would like to donate.
We welcome volunteers, the more the merrier. However we ask that our volunteers take the efforts seriously and understand that is a part of serious work being done to help our community.
Please use the contact form and indicate that you would like to volunteer. Ensure that you include a contact phone number and we will contact you with details.
No , this is not a Muslim event , nor do you need to be muslim to attend or to appreciate the work that Malcolm X did for progress and advancement.
There are a number of ways you can participate in Malcolm X Day.
Before the event:
- Post reminders to your social media.
- Create videos/snapchat/instagram speaking on and reminding people about Malcolm X Day.
- Change your profile to one of our Malcolm X Day graphics (we will be posting them soon)
- Contact us and get started on hosting Malcolm X Day events in your city for next year.
On May 19th:
- Take the day off from work.
- Dress as Malcolm X.
- Buy from black owned businesses. (Get started on creating your business)
- Mentor a kid, or anyone in need of it.
- Increase your knowledge of the work that Malcolm X did in the community.
- Do something that will have any impact on the future of your community.
Beyond the above and overall the more important objective is to make a commitment to helping in your community.