X SPEAKS is a performance-based social practice project that is dedicated to remembering final speeches held by Malcolm X in the time before his assassination in February 1965. X Speaks was conceived in 2015 and is led by artist Nsenga Knight. The X Collaborators participating in the different iterations of the X Speaks performance and social practice project contribute through the rough reenactment of historical Q&A material, traditional call-and-response feedback, speaking back with questions from the archive, sharing feedback and raising visual signage throughout the performance. The most recent iteration of the project, “X Speaks: An Appeal to African Heads of State” was in March 2022 in Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo, Egypt.
X Speaks was performed at Ursinus College on April 2, 2015 at Berman Museum of Art.
The first iteration of X Speaks was in February 2015. X Speaks took place in 2015 on February 3rd, 4th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th @6pm EST and the speech dates followed Malcolm X’s original 1965 lecture dates.
If you’d like to see more from X Speaks, please contact Nsenga Knight.