WBEZ | Malcolm London http://www.wbez.org/tags/malcolm-london Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Inaugural #BlackLivesMatter national conference strengthened foundation for local movement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/inaugural-blacklivesmatter-national-conference-strengthened <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/black lives matter Flickr The All-Nite Images.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Black Lives Matter movement started as a social media hashtag following the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Florida resident Trayvon Martin.</p><p>Since then, it&rsquo;s spread around the country and farther as organizers have focused their attention other black men and women who have died at the hands of police. So what&rsquo;s the future of the movement? That was one of the issues explored last weekend at the first-ever Black Lives Matters convention in Cleveland.</p><p>There were breakout sessions with titles like Examining Community Organizing Methods and Methodologies; Mastering Your Inside/Outside Strategy, Gaming the Political System and Winning; and Black Trans Lives Matter. A number of Chicago area activists made the trip to Cleveland, including our two guests.</p><p>Charlene Carruthers is the national director for Black Youth Project 100 and Malcolm London is a member of that group and another organization: We Charge Genocide.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/inaugural-blacklivesmatter-national-conference-strengthened Louder Than a Bomb: High school training ground http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-high-school-training-ground <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/Malcolm still shot1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22448349?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>When poet Malcolm X. London spits that “the educated aren’t necessarily the educated,” he’s referring to the inequalities of the public school system. The18-year-old Lincoln Park High School senior argues that our “failing” schools are actually succeeding at what he says is their real purpose: Preparing young people for a future that mimics the problems and contradictions of society as a whole. “My high school is Chicago,” he recites. “Diverse and segregated on purpose.”<br><br>London’s poem, <em>High School Training Ground</em>, was one of several pieces that helped him win impressive accolades at this year’s <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Louder Than a Bomb</a> competition. London was the top individual performer in 2011, selected from over 700 competitors. His piece is also the second in our month-long series of young poets performing their work on location.<br><br>In honor of National Poetry Month you can check out London’s understated but powerful performance in the video above. And if you missed last week’s homage to Cabrini Green you can watch it <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/aliyah-oyemade/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green-84897">here</a>.<br><br>WBEZ is a presenting partner of Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition and Festival. Click <a href="about:blank">here</a> for more information. Thanks to Alltown Bus Service for letting us film on their Chicago lot.</div></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-high-school-training-ground