Paterson Public School is primed to celebrate Malcolm X Day. In preparation, I propose this acknowledgment take place on May 19, 2021 or the third Friday in May.
The introduction of my resolution to the Board of Education is as follows: Malcolm X Day should be a day to honor the legacy of a true humanitarian. This day should be honored with equity infused instruction and programming specifically surrounding the impact of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history.
Malcolm X has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. He was a courageous advocate for the rights of Black people as well as an activist for human rights for all people. He was an African American Muslim minister who was only in his 20s when he burst onto the scene of the human rights struggle and hoisted the plight of African Americans bringing forth a more egalitarian future for all. In just a few short years of tireless service, he was a primary administrator of meaningful and impactful change while sacrificing precious time with his family.
Malcolm X was just 39 years old when he was assassinated. To his admirers he was a courageous resilient fighter who left a legacy of truth! A legacy of courage! And most of all the love for all humanity.
Written by Emanuel Capers, a member of the Board of Education.