Friday, April 25, 2008

Special Programs at Malcolm X Library

Malcolm X Library Programs in April 2008:
  • We're Indian and African (Saturday, April 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm)
  • Malcolm X Library Book Club: An Unbroken Agony by Randall Robinson (Sunday, April 27, 2:30 - 4:30pm)
·        3-part community educational series on "Women in Social Movements and Advocacy" (Mondays April 28 and May 5 and 12, 6:00 – 8;00 pm)
Malcolm X Library proudly presents 2 films by independent filmmaker Beherose Shroff:
Saturday, April 26, 2:00 – 4;00 pm
These two films ("Voices of the Sidis" and "We're Indian and African") explore the concerns of the Afro-Indian Sidi community in India. Brought to India as slaves and soldiers by Arab and Muslim traders from about the 12th century, Sidis in independent India reinvented their identity as urban dwellers, spiritual healers and caretakers of the shrine of ancestral saint Bava Gor, an ancient Sufi Muslim sage who was himself of African descent. Sometimes known as the Black Sufis of India or India's Lost Africans, the Sidis have historically remained a poor and oppressed group in India.  Born in Bombay, filmmaker Beheroze Shroff explores issues of diaspora, dislocation and relocation in her films.  She teaches in the Asian American Studies Dept at UC Irvine.  Refreshments served.
Sunday, April 27, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
The Malcolm X Library Book Club meets on the 4th Sunday of every month. This month's selection is An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson. 
Description: In this book, social justice advocate Randall Robinson explores the heroic and tragic history of Haiti. He traces the history of a people forced across the Atlantic in chains, recounting their spectacularly successful slave revolt against France and the 200 years of reprisals that would follow.  Robinson is founder and past president of TransAfrica, the Black lobbyist organization established to promote enlightened, constructive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean.
UCSD Ethnic Studies Department and Malcolm X Library present a 3-part Community Educational Series on:
The UCSD Ethnic Studies Department and Malcolm X Library are pleased to offer the San Diego community a three-part, "Women in Social Movements and Advocacy" Educational Series at the Malcolm X Library.  Scholars, students, community activists and civic leaders come together to explore women's contributions to social justice advocacy in San Diego and beyond from multiple perspectives.  The sessions will be held from 6:00pm-8pm on the following Mondays.   Refreshments served. Space is limited, please rsvp:
Monday, April 28th
Topic: Hip Hop Feminism
Presentation will feature a short film, performance and discussion with "DJ Kuttin Kandi."
Monday, May 5 
Topic: "Mortgage Crisis or Economic Crisis? Everything the Pundits Aren't Telling You"       Quincy O'Neal,  Vice  Chairman of the  African  American  Caucus  will  present a brief analysis of the cause of the "mortgage crisis", the  unviablity of  proposals  put forward, such as the Hope for Homeowners Act  by Senator Dodd, and in contrast, the Homeowner and Bank Protection Act.  Attendees will be given updates on efforts to encourage city councils and elected leaders across California to endorse the HBPA.  
Monday, May 12
Topic: Fundi Speaks to Me: Women and Men Living Ella Baker's Message of Political Engagement. Educators, activists, students and political leaders explore how the principles and values advanced by Ella Baker resonant with their own social justice advocacy.
All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (619) 527-3405. Malcolm X Library is located at 5148 Market Street, across from Euclid trolley station. Parking available.

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