Saturday, May 21, 2011

Reconsidering Malcolm X Day (Again)

Malcolm X waiting at
Martin Luther King
press conference.
Taken by Marion S. Trikosko,
March 26 1964.
I was all set to sit down and write about the value of stories but then I glanced at my blog stats and saw that last years post about Malcolm X Day is getting a lot of views via google search.

Here in Berkeley my kids have Monday off of school in honor of Malcolm X. However, yesterday (Friday) there was an Asian American Heritage assembly and on Wednesday (next week) there will be performances in honor of Harvey Milk Day. Discussions with both kids' teachers confirmed that Malcolm X was not covered in their lessons.

So, dear Berkeley Unified School District, I implore you to reconsider this day. YES! Let's celebrate Malcolm X and his accomplishments. In fact, let's celebrate Rosa Parks and Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Harriet Tubman. There are at least as many African American heroes as there are Presidents and we celebrate ALL of them on ONE day in February. Can we not have African American Hero day in leu of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King days?

If there is a "need" for a holiday in May (aside from Memorial Day which is a week away) let's take off for Harvey Milk Day ... or better yet, lets have an LGBTQ Day and honor all the amazing people from that community.

Just sayin'.