Saturday, May 19th, marks the 93rd anniversary of Malcolm X’s and it will be commemorated with the annual pilgrimage to his gravesite. The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (MXCC) and the Sons of Afrika will again co-host the Organization of Afro-American Unity’s (OAAU) Annual Pilgrimage.
At 9:00 am, participants will assemble at the Harlem State Office Building located at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to prepare to caravan to Malcolm’s gravesite at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, New York. The bus and car caravan will leave Harlem promptly at 9:30 am for the Cemetery. Tickets for the buses going up to the Cemetery (from Harlem ) are $9 for adults and $4 for children.
The gravesite ceremony was conceived and developed shortly after his death by the late Ella Little-Collins, Malcolm’s older sister who was with him in the OAAU, which was founded by Malcolm and molded after the original OAU. Largely unknown to most, it was Ella Little-Collins who actually kept the OAAU going for at least five years after the assassination of her legendary little brother.
The organization has faithfully maintained this pilgrimage on an annual basis through the leadership of Baba James Small for nearly 50 years.
In 1993, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, under the leadership of the late Baba Herman Ferguson, a founding member of the OAAU and former political prisoner himself, made a commitment to grow the pilgrimage.
Since then, the number of people making the pilgrimage has increased exponentially, drawing participants from all along the northeast coast from Boston to Washington, DC.
Busses are already confirmed coming in from Newark, New Jersey, to Washington, DC.
Other key activities of the day will include the closing down of stores on 125th Street and memorial observation forums at the Shabazz Center and at the Schomburg.