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Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement

The Dallas Examiner | 5/12/2018, 5:01 p.m.
The film Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement will have its premier showing to the Dallas ...
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The Dallas Examiner

The film Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement will have its premier showing to the Dallas community Saturday at noon at the Inspiring Body of Christ church, located at 7701 S. Westmoreland Ave. The screening is free and open to the public.

The documentary is a look at Malcolm X’s life and legacy through the eyes of his family, friends and civil rights workers. It is a journey to different places where Malcolm X visited and contains interviews with people who knew him. It is said to reveal new information on the impact he made on the Civil Rights Movement and voting rights.

“It is important for us to see the movie because of the overwhelming influence that Malcolm X did have in the Black Power Movement. He was a courageous voice and activist in the struggle for liberation and justice on behalf of all Black People worldwide. The movie tells this story in a clear, convincing and challenging manner,” said Dr. Pastor Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., pastor emeritus of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church.

Holmes is among the list of local community leaders who appear in the film, along with Journalist Bob Ray Sanders, who moderates parts of the film and Dr. Dennis Simon, a Southern Methodist University professor who frequently took students on a pilgrimage to civil rights sites across the South.

Simon died shortly after taking part in the documentary.

Directed by Thomas Muhammad, the film made the Top Best Ten films of 2018 during the New York African Diaspora International Film Festival and made the list as one of the 15 top “must watch” films at the 2018 Pan African Film Festival. And, the film was screened twice at the 2018 Jubilee Film Festival during the annual Selma to Montgomery commemoration weekend.

Private showings of the film have received raving reviews from local educators and community leaders.

“This film is simply phenomenal. You have put together a monumental piece of work. It is clear from start to finish that this is a labor of love. My congratulations to all involved. Finally, I like the passing on of the baton to the next generation at the end! Well shot... well researched... well edited... well written. Well done.” commented John McCaa, senior news anchor at WFAA-TV Channel 8.

Dr. Shirley Ison-Newson, former Dallas Independent School District assistant superintendent, described it as “powerful” and Diane Ragsdale, former Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Dallas City Council, exclaimed that it was “phenomenal.”

“Of course, I liked your film on Malcolm X. It is a very detailed biopic on Malcolm and it covers a lot of aspects of and events in his life that have never been covered before. This film is very well done,” stated Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, professor University at Arlington.

Speakers at the showing will be Holmes; Pastor Rickie G. Rush, senior pastor at IBOC – whose University of Dreams is the event’s primary sponsor; Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes III, senior pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church; and Dr. Michael Bowie Jr., senior pastor at St. Luke.

Iconic figures scheduled to be present include: Mary Liuzzo, the oldest daughter of Viola Liuzzo – the only White woman murdered in the civil rights movement; LeRoy Molton, now in his 70s, was the young Black activist who was riding in the car with Viola Liuzzo when members of the Klu Klux Klan murdered her; and the twin daughters of Malcolm X – Malikah and Malaak Shabazz, who were born a few months after the death of their father. Elected officials from the community will also attend this showing.

For more information, call 214-460-7672 or email tmuhammad2003@yahoo.com.