Blog March 12, 2018

Charter Celebrates Black History Month and Honors the Life of Malcolm X

In the spirit of our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion and in recognition of Black History Month in February, Charter was proud to partner with Smithsonian Channel, state and local officials, and community partners to host a series of events in cities around the country commemorating the work of civil rights leader, Malcolm X.

The events held in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus, Orlando, Dallas and Charlotte, included a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s documentary: “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X”. They brought together hundreds of people in each community – from college students to state legislators like California State Senator Steven Bradford – for reflections and conversations on the legacy of Malcolm X.

One of the most moving and meaningful moments occurred at our New York City event at the National Black Theater, where Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, spoke on the 53rd anniversary of her father’s death. Ms. Shabazz recalled the moment when, as a toddler sitting in the audience with her mother and sisters, her father was assassinated. She also spoke of her father’s compassion and commitment to helping others and how his work remains unfinished and therefore still relevant today.

Here is Ilyasah Shabazz remembering her father, Malcolm X and CA State Senator Steven Bradford speaking about the importance of community dialogue around diversity and inclusion:

At Charter, we’re committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion so that our company – its leaders and our workforce, and the products and services we offer – reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. Showcasing impactful programming like “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X” is one of the ways we are building on that commitment.

Highlights from our events:

New York – February 21

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

 

Los Angeles – February 22

City of Los Angeles Council Member Curren D. Price

City of Los Angeles Council Member Curren D. Price, Jr.

 

Columbus, Ohio – February 22

(Pictured R to L) Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn and State Representative Hearcel Craig of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

(Pictured R to L) Ohio House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn and State Representative Hearcel Craig of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

 

Members of The Ohio State University’s Black Student Association and the NAACP

 

Orlando – February 23

(pictured L to R) John Cavanagh, Executive Producer, The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X; Moderator Tammie Fields, Spectrum News 13 Anchor; and Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Attendees from the Orlando community

 

Dallas – February 26

Texas House Representative Helen Giddings

Texas House Representative Helen Giddings

Civil rights activist Rev. Peter Johnson

Civil rights activist Rev. Peter Johnson