We are thrilled and grateful for the outpouring of support from Chicago and around the nation. We are now able to send two additional youth organizers as part of a delegation of young people that will present our report on police violence to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. We could not have done this without your support. Today, we are featuring the profiles of the two new delegation members. The second is Malcolm London, who is 21 years old. Malcolm is from the Austin neighborhood on the westside of Chicago
MALCOLM LONDON, called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist & educator.In 2011, Malcolm won the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, scooping the top award as both individual performer & with a team. Since then, Malcolm’s work has been featured on national outlets including CBS, NPR, Huffington Post, The Root, and the Chicago Tribune. He appeared on the first ever televised TED Talk with John Legend & Bill Gates & has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & rapper Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak, Live! cast. He also appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. Malcolm recently wrote & directed a spoken word infused play responding to the Zimmerman verdict called Two Years Later at the Goodman Theatre with an ensemble of five youth poets. He is a member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater.
Malcolm currently attends University of Illinois at Chicago. He is s a member and co-chair of BYP100 Chicago Chapter, a national organization of black activists & organizers. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, Malcolm regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. Malcolm is devoted to being a youth advocate. He is the coordinator of The Know Your Rights Project out of Northwestern Law School, a project dedicated to educating young people on their rights within the juvenile justice system. He also a teaching artist on staff at Young Chicago Authors, a program working to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.