I will tell you more about the trip to Canada from earlier this month but I still owe you a full report on the rest of the tour inside of the United States. I admit after my last stop, I came home and rested as much as I could before heading to Canada. So I didn’t feel like blogging! You understand, right? (smile)
However, I got my “wind” back so I here we go!
In my last update I mentioned we headed to Chicago after a three day stop in Ohio. I was happy to be in familiar territory. The city of the Nation of Islam’s headquarters Mosque Maryam, The Final Call Newspaper, the Supreme Bean Pie, Soul Vegetarian restaurant and let’s not forget the infamous traffic!
Our event on Sept. 22 was hosted at the Chicago Urban Society Center and this was the most action-packed program on the tour. They had spoken word artists, local activists speaking on various issues, parents from a sit-in that was taking place at a local school, and more. Jordan and I were the last speakers of the event and this was also the shortest we’d ever spoken throughout the tour. I think I spoke for about 8 minutes! That program was so amazing I truly didn’t feel like it was necessary to speak. Haymarket Books, who published Jordan’s book, showed out!
I have to give a special shout out to Final Call Assistant Editor and my long-time friend Ashahed Muhammad who came out to support me. This brother mentored me when I was a lone NOI student at Prairie View A&M University as I worked to establish the NOI Student Association on the yard. I admire his mind, work ethic and writings. You should check out his blog or Google his name on FinalCall.com. Thanks Bro. Ashahed!
We hit the road to Madison, WI to speak at the Bayview Community Center on Sept. 23 near the University of Wisconsin. Before that we stopped to eat at this Laotian Cuisine. This restaurant was officially the best food on the entire tour. Maaaaan! Just ask Jordan!
The Bayview Center housed various multi-racial community programs and the audience in attendance was very diverse. This was the first time we had a lot of Asian grassroots activists and students. They were very engaging and I enjoyed the dialogue. There is a lot of work being done at that center. If you live there go check it out.
During my talk, Bro. Remi Muhammad came in looking sharp with the bowtie and suit. Thanks for coming out soldier.
Sept. 24 our gracious host was Milwaukee at The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP Center of Excellence. The audience had great energy and the work their doing is awesome. Ava Hernandez is the Director of Training and Learning at Public Allies Milwaukee and she did a wonderful job along with the team of volunteers. She told us that Public Allies is a group that was was formally headed/supported by President Barack and Michelle Obama during their Chicago grassroots days. Wow! We literally went there and left the same night to head to Evansville, Indiana.
In the next update I will inform you about Evansville, Knoxville, Asheville and Atlanta. Also you won’t believe how great Canada was! It was my first time going. Awe yeah!
More updates coming soon!
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Related Tour Highlights:
Speaking Tour Update #1: From New York to Massachusetts
Speaking Tour Update #2: From Amherst, Massachusetts to the University of Vermont…..covering a lot of ground.
Speaking Tour Update #3: From Syracuse to Bluffton, Ohio? I've never heard of it either!
Speaking Tour Update #4: Three days in the state of Ohio. Great Time!