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MALCOLMITES POSTPONE FORUM
ON MALCOLM X AND FRED HAMPTON!

WILL JOIN HONOR OF FALLEN COMRADE NEHANDA ABIODUN!

Memorial at National Black Theater
2031 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10035
(between 125th & 126th Streets)

Doors open at noon. Services begin at 1 p.m.

The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee’s forum observing the anniversaries of the assassinations of Malcolm X and Fred Hampton scheduled for Saturday, February 16th at CEMOTAP at 1pm is being postponed!

The forum, ‘Can’t Kill Fightin’ For Freedom! To Malcolm And Fred With Love,’ will likely be rescheduled for sometime in March, organizers say.

The forum is being postponed to allow everyone to participate in the homegoing services of the late exiled freedom fighter Nehanda Abiodun.

Abiodun passed away on January 30th in Havana, Cuba. She was 68.

Abiodun had been in exile in Cuba for at least 30 years, after enduring years of being forced to live underground on charges associated with the liberation of Assata Shakur and a robbery of a Brinks Armored Car.

Abiodun has steadfastly denied involvement in those actions she had been charged with, but has proudly said that “I am proud of being accused of it.”

“She is my sister and I love her.”

Before facing the dangerous challenge of repression, Abiodun was a founding member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization, spearheaded by the late Chokwe Lumumba who died in office as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi just several years ago. She also worked at the legendary Lincoln DeTox Center, a bold, holistic health care initiative of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lord Party at Lincoln Hospital, until the operation was labelled a “breeding ground for terrorists” and then shutdown by New York Mayor Ed Koch in 1978.

In Cuba, Abiodun would become a presiding elder for the powerful emergence of Cuban HipHop in the 1990s, challenging young artists to use the engaging artform to raise human consciousness and to affirm their African identity through a cross-fertilization vehicle she came to anchor known as Black August. They came to address her “Mama Nehanda” and dubbed her “The Godmother of Cuban HipHop” for her empowering presence and direction.

Services for Abiodun will be held at Harlem’s National Black Theater at 1pm.

Abiodun was born and raised in Harlem.

“It breaks our hearts that Nehanda has to come home this way,” said MXCC press officer Zayid Muhammad.

“We will honor her with the love she gave so many of us with her bold, cherished commitment.”

 


THE MALCOLM X COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE
urges you to join us in our mission to keep Brother Malcolm's legacy alive.
Our mission is fourfold:

  • honoring and paying tribute to our fallen leader;
  • actively participating in the struggle to bring freedom and justice to our freedom fighters, the many political prisoners and prisoners of war caged in america;
  • educating our young and not so young about this great brother;
  • and carrying Malcolm's message of the Black Liberation struggle for land, independence and reparations to our brothers and sisters
    in the New York Metropolitan Area.

A Celebration of the Life
of Baba Herman Ferguson

Saturday, May 16, 2015 • 3-6 p.m.

House of the Lord Pentecostal Church
415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

(between Bond and Nevins Streets)

“A Revolutionary Change in Our Life Time”

Herman Ferguson was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on December 31, 1920. He was an educator and leading figure in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville struggle for community control of NYC public schools, and Assistant Principal at P.S. 40 in Queens and P.S. 21 in Brooklyn.

Herman was a long distance runner in the battle for national liberation. He served as a judge and District Representative of the Republic of New Afrika, was a member and Chairman of the Education Committee of brother Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), and was present on that fateful February 21, 1965 day at the Audubon Ballroom when Malcolm was assassinated. He vowed to carry on Malcolm’s teachings as best he could, organizing the Black Brotherhood Improvement Association in Jamaica, Queens, holding street corner rallies, political education classes, martial arts classes and forming the Jamaica Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc.—all of which made him a target of the u.s. government’s Counterintelligence Program (Cointelpro).

In 1967, Herman chose exile rather than go to prison on the false charges he was convicted of. He, along with his life partner Iyaluua Ferguson, spent nineteen years in Guyana, South America, where he participated in Guyana’s nation-building, rising to the rank of Assistant Director General in it National Service, joined the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 1989, Herman voluntarily returned to the united states and was immediately sent to prison. Upon his release, he immediately stepped back into work in the nationalist community, co-founding the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (now Chairman Emeritus), the National Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Recognition of u.s. held P/POWs, publishing NATION TIME, serving as Administrator of the New Afrikan Liberation Front and co-chairing the Queens chapter of NCOBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America).

In 2009, Herman and Iyaluua relocated to North Carolina, where they collaborated on his bio/memoir, “Herman Ferguson: An Unlikely Warrior, Evolution of a Black Revolutionary Nationalist.”

On September 25, 2014, Herman Ferguson made his Transition. He leaves to cherish his life and legacy his wife, Iyaluua and a long line of family, friends and comrades in the struggle.

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