21 feb 1968 & oasatau remembers malcolm x
#OTD Wednesday 21 February 1968 The Organization of African and Afro-American Students at American University (OASATAU) honored Malcolm X in a memorial service on the third anniversary of his assassination. The service was held at the Kay Spiritual Life Center chapel (4400 Massachusetts Ave NW) at AU.
Twenty-five students, including Dyann Waugh and Walker Foster III, chairperson, were in attendance wearing black armbands on their left arms. They listened to eulogies and to Cecilia Vilakazi read Leopold S. Senghor's poem, "The Dead."
The OASATAU was founded in 1967.
Please comment below. Were you a member of OASATAU? Do you recognize anyone in the photo? Were you a student at AU? Did you attend a Malcolm X memorial elsewhere in the city? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy American University, Talon Yearbook, 1969. Background posters from left to right: Amiri Baraka, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass.
Leon Dash, "Memory of Malcolm X Honored at AU," Washington Post 22 February 1968. You can see photos of Foster & Waugh at the memorial by clicking on the hyperlink and using a DCPL library card or DC One card for free access.
OASATAU history & ephemera at AU Library Archives/Special Collections
Jim Russell, "OASATAU: Black Men Lost," The Eagle, 1 March 1968.