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The Last Poets Block Party Showcased The Beauty Of Black Culture And The Continued Struggle For Equality



The Last Poets Block Party in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC on May 19, 2019 was a stark reminder of the journey African Americans have walked for human rights, dignity and the freedom the Constitution highlights as a birth right for every American, despite its unequal distribution among her citizens. Hip-Hop, in many ways, is the avenue taken by those who needed a different way to protest discrimination, racism while emphasizing the value and beauty of black culture and infusing it with the power that has been systematically stripped from black people. The birth of the hip-hop movement is credited to The Last Poets: Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan who were merely reacting to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. 

The birth of hip-hop was born from the pain and suffering experienced by generations of black people in America. These artist took to the streets with a different kind of weapon to fight back; their rhymes and beats that gave the unjust status and mistreatment of blacks in America life. May 19, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the forming of The Last Poets. It’s also the birthday of the black revolutionary leader, Malcolm X. An in-depth report on the group’s inception can be found HERE.

Below are some of the highlights of this year’s celebration, organized by Busboys and Poets, of the forefathers of hip-hop and the movement to bring about a more just world for black and brown people. 








The Last Poets Block Party Commemorating Malcolm X’s Birthday


Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Co-Host of the longest running speakeasy in Washington, DC – Spit Dat – will be part of the great line up at tomorrow’s The Last Poets Block Party at Busboys and Poets in Anacostia in Washington, DC.  The event is to commemorate black revolutionary Malcolm X’s birthday, (May 19, 1968) and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Last Poets inception as a group. The lineup will include Talib Kweli, Smif n Wessun, Black Alley and many more influential artist who continue to impact and shape our American culture.

Tickets are only $25. All the details can be found HERE.

Lawson-Brown has more details below: