Malcolm X on Film, Part One

Malcolm’s Echo

Footage of his travels through Harlem.


7:30pm Feature

Malcolm X: His Own Story as It Really Happened

Marvin Worth, 1972, 92 min.

Adapted for the screen from the autobiography he wrote with Alex Haley’s assistance, Malcolm X (released two decades before the Spike Lee film Malcolm X) is a stirring portrait of the man whose life has become a rallying cry for millions. Includes rare footage of his speeches and interviews as well as newsreel footage. Narrated by James Earl Jones with Martin Luther King, Betty Shabazz, Ossie Davis, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Rap Brown, Angela Davis and many more.



Michael Tyner, 2011, 11 min.

This three part series serves as an introduction to the late Manning Marable’s new book about Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. It goes through some of the primary contributions of the book, as explained by Marble himself, in terms of tearing down some of the myths about Malcolm X that have been popularized by the autobiography written by Alex Haley and movie directed by Spike Lee.

Panel Discussion with Amiri Baraka, Kazembe Balagun, Nellie Hester Bailey, Omowale Clay and moderated by Dequi Kioni-Sadiki.


Amiri Baraka, born in 1934, in Newark, New Jersey, USA, is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism, a poet icon and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. He is a founding member of The Black House during the 60's and the former chair of The Congress For Afrikan People (CAP). Baraka remains the
last named Poet Laureate of New Jersey as the title was eliminated by the Governor & The Jersey State Legislation after he refused to resign for reading his politically controversial 9/11 poem entiltled "Somebody Blew Up America.”


Kazembe Balagun is an uptown boy who enjoys subverting the downtown scene as program and outreach coordiator at the Brecht Forum/NY Marxist School. His has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out NY, UK Guardian and The Indypendent. He is also part of the Red Channels Collective and has served as a guest curator at the BAMcinemtak. He is currently at work on a long form essay, Queering the X: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and the Third World. Balagun lives in Co-Op City with his cat Jack Reed and partner Claudia Copeland.


Nellie Hester Bailey is a human rights activist who has worked in peace and justice movements for over forty years. Bailey co-founded the Harlem Tenants Council (HTC) in 1994. She currently serves as director of the tenant led grassroots organization and is co-founder of Blacks in Solidarity Against the War. She hosts two weekly radio programs and her writings have appeared in the Amsterdam News, the Black Star News and the Working People’s Voice. Media outlets that have reported on Bailey and the Harlem Tenants Council include the New York Times, the New York Post, the  New York Daily News, the Washington Post, the Amsterdam News, the Village Voice, The Final Call, the Guardian, BBC World News, NPR, WBAI, NBC, ABC and NY1.


Omowale Clay is one of the co-chairs of the Malcolm X Celebration Committee, co-founder of The Committee To Honor Black Heroes and a leading member of the December 12th
Movement's International Secretariat. A well respected organizer, thinker, graphic artist and writer, he has also served on the Pacifica Radio board.


Dequi Kioni-Sadiki is a former member of the Black Panther Collective, the NYC Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, and now serves as co-chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee. She served as national co-chair of the People of African Descent Caucus for the Wasington, DC based United States Student Assocation, and currently works with the NYC Jericho Movement in the campaign to free united states political prisoners and prisoners of war.  Dequi is a WBAI radio producer,  artist, poet, public speaker and educator.