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Meet Malcolm X: From Convict to Universal Human Rights Advocate

(Greeley– February 2018) –  Meet the legend Malcolm X on February 23 at 2 pm in the Cornerstone Conference Center on the Aims Community College campus (5401 W 20th St. in Greeley).

Colorado Humanities, in partnership with the High Plains Library District, City of Greeley, and Aims Community College are proud to present a portrayal of Malcolm X by eminent national humanities and Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace. The event celebrates Black History Month and is part of the Colorado Humanities Black History Live Tour.

Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) was born Malcolm Little. He was a Black Muslim minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam.  After rising from an early life of drug abuse and petty criminal behavior, this respected yet controversial political figure confronted a personal moral crisis:  his own human bigotry.  His driving quest for knowledge, self-critique, and his conversion to Islam changed this ex-convict into an internationally revered, though still controversial, spokesman for the cause of universal human rights.

This portrayal of Malcolm X shows how a marginal outsider became an influential insider.  Participants in this free event will have a unique opportunity to talk with Malcolm X while the scholar is in character and then talk with Charles Everett Pace as the researcher/actor.

“This event creates another opportunity for our community to further engage in conversations about race, prejudice, power, and empathy,” said Kelli Johnson, Community Relations and Marketing Manager for HPLD.  “High Plains is proud to ignite and continue these conversations and opportunities to broaden individual perspectives. This is an extension of a beautiful conversation which started in October with a visit from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

Anyone who has an appreciation or desire for diversity, inclusivity, and creating stronger bonds within our community through cultural appreciation is encouraged to attend this free event. Parking at Aims is also free that day.

This event is sponsored locally by the High Plains Library DistrictAims Community College and the City of Greeley.

For more information please visit www.MyLibrary.us.

 

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The High Plains Library District connects communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life. HPLD includes libraries in Greeley, Evans, Firestone, Erie, Kersey, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson, Fort Lupton and Gilcrest.