The theme for the 2019 Malcolm X Festival is, ‘We Who Believe in Freedom Have Unfinished Business!’ celebrating the positive work in our communities, potential, and genius of the youth and acknowledging the work we still need to do. The Malcolm X Festival is free and will take place Saturday May 18th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the parking lot of Friendship-West Baptist Church, located at 2020 W. Wheatland Rd., Dallas Texas 75232.
Since 1971 the Dallas Malcolm X Festival has been an overflow of local Dallas Culture and a celebration of community. We gather to connect our struggles for justice, democracy, equality and our commitment to make our community and this world better. Unlike other festivals dreamed up over corporate marketing meetings, this festival continues to swell from the heart of the community, just as it did 48 years ago where it blossomed from the collective work of South Dallas Grassroots community organizers.
"We will celebrate the good in our community and humanity; and the strength of our culture and history. We will acquire knowledge on organizations and organizing. We will educate folks on health and food, Art as a tool in our Liberation, and honor ancestors and living activist for their labor and sacrifices," says organizer Akwete Tyehimba.
The day-long free festival will celebrate the legacy of Malcolm X, African culture and bring to communities of color important and relevant news and information. Along with a marketplace, food, live bands, poetry, children’s oratorical contest, face painting, Science and Math activities, and more..
Organizer Akwete Tyehimba says, “This festival has always been for our young folks. They can look to Malcolm X and know that they too can transform negative or even criminal actions, to become one of the greatest leaders in world history”.
The 2019 Malcolm X Festival is sponsored by the Malcolm X Festival Committee, The Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center, and City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on vending, volunteering, speaking or performing contact 214-943-8262.