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May 13, 2005


New York, May 13, 2005 - City College’s Black Studies Program will host its Third Annual Symposium on “Institution Building in Harlem” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday, May 20, 2005 in the North Academic Center ballroom, 138th Street at Convent Avenue.

In this year commemorating the 80th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X and the 40th anniversary of his assassination, the symposium will explore his legacy and the many ways that it influenced individuals and institutions during his lifetime and in the years since his death. The symposium aims to examine the significance and relevance of this legacy today and how it has influenced our thinking in the areas of gender, ethnicity and religion.

Scholars, activists and artists will present their perspectives on how Malcolm X's legacy has shaped approaches and responses to imperialism, militarism and racism globally. The symposium will start with presentations by Malcolm X Grassroots, The December 12th Movement, The Malcolm X Museum and other community organizations that have been inspired by Malcolm X's philosophy.

Academic panels on various subjects will follow. The luncheon panel, “Connecting the Legacy: Science, Math, Technology and the Pursuit of Black Studies,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m., will feature Professors Carol Moore, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, CCNY; Abdul Alkalimat, Africana Studies, University of Toledo, and Abdulahim Shabazz, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Lincoln University. Additional academic panels will follow the luncheon.

Events at City College will conclude with an oral history conversation among a group that actually knew Malcolm X, including Cheikh Omar Abu Ahmed and Herman Ferguson. However, the conference will continue at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem), where The Malcolm X Museum will host an evening panel discussion entitled “The Malcolm X Legacy: A Global Perspective.” Television host Gil Noble will moderate the panel, whose participants will include representatives from Africa, England, Ireland and the United States.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the CUNY Institute for Researchin the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean at CCNY; City College’s Political Science Department and The Malcolm X Museum. Previous conferences in the Black Studies series focused on “Institution Building in Harlem: A Historical Perspective” and “Gentrification in Harlem.”

For more information, please call the Black Studies Program at 212-650-8117 or Professor Venus Green at 212-650-8656.