black history month III: remembering Malcolm @ 50 (and more)


Malcolm X waiting for a press conference to begin on March 26, 1964. Public Domain.

To remember Malcolm we’ll feature excerpts from a speech he gave in Detroit a week earlier, just after his home had been firebombed.

We will hear sounds of the assassination, and the great graveside speech delivered by Ossie DavisAnd we’ll take some time to hear the voices of two who died this past week: working class poet Philip Levine (US poet laureate) and Leslie Gore, who made a pop feminist anthem before the feminist 2nd wave  had begun to gather.

We will also listen to a rare recording of Paul Robeson singing the lost classic—”Free and Equal Blues” segueing into a rendition by Cassandra Wilson of ‘Strange Fruit” in anticipation of her Billie Holiday tribute at UCSB this weekend. For information about this Arts & Lectures event happening Sunday Feb 22nd, click here.


culture of protest thurs 2/19/15 6 pm pst kcsb