X Speaks: The Oppressed Masses of the World Cry Out for Action Against the Common Oppressor

By Nsenga Knight and X Collaborators

Throughout February 2015, artist Nsenga Knight invited members of the Black Muslim community to collectively perform or present Malcolm X’s final eight speeches on the exact dates they were delivered 50 years prior and reflect on his continuing pertinence.

The February 11th X Speaks performance took place at Texas Prairieview A&M University and was led by my collaborators Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Assistant Professor and Interim Department Head of Music & Theatre at Prairie View A&M University and Amir Tariq McMillan, student at Prairie View A&M University.

Students raised “SPEAKS” signs when Malcolm X’s speech resonated with them strongly. Additional X Speaks collaborators joined me in a Google Hangout where we could discuss and respond to the performance in real-time along with our Texas collaborators and audience. The general public was invited to watch the live performances and participate in the following discussions via Google Plus, YouTube and via Twitter using #XSpeaks.

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