(Cover Art, "Rhymes for Treason CD", 2005,
The Welfare Poets)
This image was designed to accompany the Albizu Campos art work for the
Welfare Poets, "Rhymes for Treason" album (2005). The concept
with this portrait of Malcolm X is to present him against the backdrop
of the African Liberation flag, red, black and green, rendered in a color
scheme inspired by this very flag. In addition to featuring the Puerto
Rican struggle in the cover art, it was important to the Welfare Poets
that they also feature an element of the black liberation struggle. I
say "black" in the sense of the African-American struggle and
the Pan-Africanist struggles of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey, not
to make a distinction for Puerto Ricans because we too are a part of the
African Diaspora and are a part of that very struggle. Malcolm X and Albizu
Campos, with both their "by any means necessary" approaches
have served as beacons in the struggle in Puerto Rico and throughout the
diaspora. The two men passed away exactly 2 months apart, February 21st
and April 21st of 1965.
Again, in tune with the Rhymes for Treason concept, and speaking out against
injustice, Malcolm is featured at the mic.
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