51 years after his last visit, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Malcolm X returns to speak again in Beirut. Then he was denied speaking rights at the American University of Beirut. This time he is welcomed.
Malcolm X gave a speech at the Oxford Union, December 1964 arguing in the affirmative that “extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” [link]
I’m extremely excited to be working on the Narratives of Hope series of events at AUB. On Monday, February 23, we will be presenting a panel discussion on the topic of “Malcolm X Returns”, as well as the play entitled: Malcolm X Speaks. Events start at 6:30 p.m, in West Hall, Auditorium B. The featured speaker is Ajamu Baraka, who will be speaking on the topic: “From Ferguson to Palestine: Malcolm X and Black Internationalism”. Daniel Drennan (me) will be presenting on the topic: “Shadow, Body, Spirit: Malcolm X Imaged and Imagined”. The moderator will be Rania Masri. At 7:45, the performance will take place, with Jamal Awar as Malcolm X. The play is written and directed by Tariq Mehmood.