Friday, March 12, 2010

Yuri Kochiyama: On Knowing Malcolm X

Freedom is a Constant Struggle TV show, May 16, 2008.

Our guest will be the legendary human rights activist, Yuri Kochiyama, who lived in Harlem for 40 years and worked with Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik el Shabazz). Although no official holiday honors Malcolm's birthday, May 19 has become a traditional day of celebration in the Black and progressive communities. Yuri shares his birthday and will reach 87 this May 19 -- also the birthday of Uncle Ho (Ho Chi Minh). A tireless freedom fighter, political prisoner advocate, and author of Passing It On -- A Memoir, Yuri has also had a biography written about her life by Diane C. Fujino titled: Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama.


  1. What a wonderful interview.
    Two of my Sheroes together.


  2. To Yuri, Our wish for you is to celebrate the happiest of all birthdays. You are our shero.
    Cleo and Ron

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  4. Dear Yuri,
    As-salaamu 'alaykum My Dear Sister. It's been such a long time since we have communicated, but I do recall all of the serious interactions with you while I was in prison. You are so dear, and I salute you. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Happy Birthday.
    Love and Respect,
    Jihad Abdulmumit