Malcolm Jenkins in Swarthmore

Note;   This was orginally posted on March 2nd.  Since Malcolm has now been signed by New Orleans, decided to repost with some edits.
Note;  This is an article I sent out to a few places with no luck.
The photo didn’t transfer to WordPress.
On Friday Night, Feb 21st, the Cooper Series at Swarthmore College presented

Beyond the Field: Activism, Athletics, and Empowerment in the Modern Political Era featuring Malcolm Jenkins, All Pro Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles in a moderated discussion with Assistant Professor of Sociology & Anthropology and Black Studies Nina Johnson.

 

Despite the temperature hovering under 30, the LPAC auditorium was jammed.
The first half consisted of  questions from Professor Johnson, followed by audience questions.
Malcolm Jenkins is as well-known for his off the field activities as well as his his athleticism.
He is a co-founder, with his mother, of the  Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
(see www,malcolmJenkinsfoundation.org), whose mission statement says
“We aim to empower youth to transcend the limits of their circumstance and
reach their full potential.”
 
During the conversation, he said that “When I take off my helmet, I’m still a black man”.
He has been involved with what Nina Johnson calls “the criminal legal system” rather than the legal justice system, as many feel there is not really justice for
the many incarcerated, especially men of colour. Malcolm and Nina have been

involved with work at Graterford and other Pa. Prisons.

  As he said in an interview in Philadelphia Magazine,
“My dad always told me: You don’t know what you don’t know.”
Yet he has also been a player who has done ride-alongs with Philadelphia Police to get a sense of their experience.
 Malcolm was one of many players to raise his fist in the pre game as a sign of
solidarity with other players who protest.
 
Malcolm spoke about the need for dialogue with those who disagree with us
and the need to listen to different perspectives.
Too may of us live in our own personal spoken and internet echo chambers.
That’s a reason to listen to other voices, whether on radio, TV or the ‘net.
He is a co-creator of, with Anquan Boldin, of The Players Coalition.
 
I also heard a new application of an old term.
Most recently, I thought of Abolitionists, as those against the Death Penalty.  Now, according to Professor Johnson, this means those who want to end what some call “theprison industrial system”.
 His website, Malcolm Jenkins27.com, talks about his
clothing store, Damaru Saville, among other projects,

including an in process documentary Black Boys,etc.

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About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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