The third featured green space in our series, Malcolm X Park honors human rights activist – El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X.
Malcolm X Park, located in West Philly at 52nd and Pine, has been a recent site for protests and events supporting the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, an issue Malcolm X and other Black activists have been vocal about for decades. On June 19, 2020, members of the Black community gathered at Malcolm X Park to celebrate “Jawnteenth”, the first year Juneteenth was recognized as an official city holiday in Philadelphia. Celebrators marched, danced, cheered, chanted, and listened to live performances of local Black poets, musicians, and speakers.
In addition to serving as a memorial for Malcolm X, this 6-acre park is the setting for a diverse variety of inclusive events, including Theatre in the X productions, the West Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Series, and outdoor movie nights.
If you’re looking to getaway to more green, check out Pennypack Park.