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Brick by Brick Building Day – May 12

Brick By Brick Building Day  | May 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Today is the opportunity to be a part of physically building up your community. The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation has build a Community garden with RECYCLED CONCRETE.

So, this event is to literally come break Bricks (with a SLEDGE HAMMER) and Stack them up to construct garden beds that will be used to grow food for local residents and community members.

Even if you can’t break bricks we still need GENERAL VOLUNTEERS, COORDINATORS, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, ENCOURAGERS, BRICK MOVERS, ORGANIZERS, ENTERTAINERS AND other skill sets.

*Persons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

The Shabazz Garden’s Renewal

Volunteers work to install edible landscaping on Shabazz Garden as an expansion on the North East side of the Malcolm X Birthplace

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Friends and Family, we are excited to announce the progress of revamping our Shabazz Garden, located on the South East end of our property adjacent to Adams Park (Malcolm X Avenue and Bedford Street). Below are a few photos of the progress. Mr. Jackson of Jacksons concrete supports the Shabazz Garden and has donated the sidewalk blocks from the AMES AVE project. Mike Dunn of Asphalt Maintenance has graded the property for installing the raised beds.

 

Accomplishments as of April 2018

  • 1/2 Acres of land dedicated to the construction and maintenance of a community garden
  • Distributed over 400 Letters door-to-door in the 68111 Zip immediately surrounding the garden
  • Established 3 New Business supporters of the Shabazz Garden
  • Prepared over 600 seed bags for distribution to community members
  • Planted of 400+ Seeds in Partnership with BlackBurn Alternative High School
  • Recieved $650 in donations since April 1st

(Left: Tree Chips donated by B & E Tree Service and GreenLeaf Tree and Landscaping; Right: Seed Planting at Blackburn Alternative High)
(Left: Tree Chips donated by B & E Tree Service and GreenLeaf Tree and Landscaping; Right: Seed Planting at Blackburn Alternative High)

(Top: Recycled Concrete Pieces donated by Jacksons Complete Concrete; Bottom: Apr. 7 Garden Committee)
(Top: Recycled Concrete Pieces donated by Jacksons Complete Concrete; Bottom: Apr. 7 Garden Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are currently seeking volunteers to join our family! If interested, reach out to us at info@malcolmxfoundation.org for more details. Be sure to check our Upcoming Programs page for details on how to join the garden committee and get involved!

 

UNO Black Studies Department – 16th Annual Malcolm X Festival

16th ANNUAL MALCOLM X FESTIVAL | April 10-12, 2018

RACE AND INTERSECTIONALITY:  CRITICAL DIALOGUES

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

RACE RELATIONS IN OMAHA: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Peggy Jones, M.F.A.

1:00 – 2:30 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

CRYSTAL STAIRS

Tishara Ward, Student

4:00 – 5:00 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

 

 

HAIRSTYLE OBLIGATIONS & IDENTITY NEGOTIATIONS: BLACK FEMALES, WHITE BEAUTY STANDARDS, & CULTURAL CONTRACTS THEORY

Cynthia Robinson, Ph.D.

3:00 – 4:00 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

FROM PRISON TO POWER, HOW MALCOLM X BECAME THE FACE OF THE NATION OF ISLAM

Calvin Saunders, Student

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018

“RACE & INTERSECTIONALITY – ISLAM PERSPECTIVE”

Terry Muhammad

10:00 – 11:00 A.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

MALCOLM X MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

3448 Evans Street

5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. 

Join Us For

PRESENTATIONS DINNER

WHAT WOULD MALCOLM THINK?

MANDLA STELLY

 

MALCOLM, WILL YOU MAKE IT HOME TONIGHT?

Withlove, FELICIA WEBSTER

 

THE OTHER HALF OF THE STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF MEMORY  & HISTORY

JADE ROGERS

“I HAVE A VOICE”

CLARISSA LOVE/SHAWN LOVE

 

 

MALCOLM X’S 1964 SPEECH “THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET”

Preston Love

11:30 – 1:00 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

 

 

CRASH AT THE INTERSECTION: SOCIAL WELFARE, INTEGRATION, AND AFRICANA AGENCY AND KUJICHAGULIA?

Nikitah Imani, Ph.D.

1:00 – 2:30 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

 

 

“THE ‘DOUBLE BURDEN’: INTERSECTIONALITY AND BLACK FEMINISM”

Jennifer Harbour, Ph.D.

2:30 – 3:30 P.M.  ǀ  MBSC 228/226

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018

WHO IS BLACK IN AMERICA? DOCUMENTARY

Manfred Wogugu, Ph.D.

10:30 – 11:30 A.M.  ǀ  CEC 230/231

 

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO PANEL DISCUSSION

Dr. Jennifer Harbour. Ph.D. / Peggy Jones, M.F.A.

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DR. EDDIE S. GLAUDE, JR.,

Chair, African American Studies, Princeton University

Thursday, April 12, 2018 ǀ 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO DOCUMENTARY

Dr. Jennifer Harbour. Ph.D. / Peggy Jones, M.F.A.

11:30 – 1:00 P.M.  ǀ   CEC 230/231

 

Community Yoga + Meditation

SadhanaLife is bringing yoga classes to the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation – All ages are welcome and all levels welcome as well!

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings From March 8 – April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Each yoga class will guide participants to become more mindful of their body’s general state of being as well as their emotional and physical reactions to various situations throughout their days/lives. Join us and familiarize yourself with yoga as a holistic approach to health, wellness and wholeness, including adopting it as a form of self-care practice.

A $10 donation per person is appreciated and half of the proceeds will benefit the growth and programs at the Malcolm X Center.

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Beginner Yoga Classes & Meditation

yoga + meditationSadhanaLife is bringing yoga classes to the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation – All ages are welcome and all levels welcome as well!

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings on February 1 & 8 at 5 p.m.

Each yoga class will guide participants to become more mindful of their body’s general state of being as well as their emotional and physical reactions to various situations throughout their days/lives. Join us and familiarize yourself with yoga as a holistic approach to health, wellness and wholeness, including adopting it as a form of self-care practice.

A $10 donation per person is appreciated and half of the proceeds will benefit the growth and programs at the Malcolm X Center.

Kwanzaa Celebration: “Divine Purpose of Women”

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Time:
4:00PM TO 9:00PM
Location: Malcolm X Center (3448 EVANS ST)

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held all over the world by Africans, African Americans and the African Diaspora, celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It was first celebrated in 1966 and we have organized a free community event to spread the awareness and encourage others to learn about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and to apply to their daily lives.

On December 30th the 5th principle, Nia, is observed, which means Purpose in Swahili.

The Urban Flag Football League, Urban Rifle Association, Terry Muhammad’s Study Group, James Henley, and Lutfiyah Salaam have joined forces and have dedicated this event to acknowledging, celebrating, and empowering the black woman and her purpose/value to our community.

Join us in a celebration of Community and Culture! With live performances, music, dance, poetry, narratives, and a feast!

Mural at J-N-J

New Mural at J-N-J Grocery Store Honors Malcolm X and The Omaha Star

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, supported by the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, commissioned a 15-foot x 34-foot mural on the east wall of North Omaha’s J-N-J Grocery store, 3247 N. 42nd Street.  The mural was publicly unveiled on Nov. 9.

Omaha artist Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru, founder of G. D’Ebony Outreach, and Lincoln, Nebraska artist Ben Jones, founder of Anti-Oppression Art, collaborated on the mural project.   An inscription from Malcolm X states, “We need more light about each other… Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience and patience creates UNITY.”  Chéamera Liwaru, an Omaha North High School student, researched and found the inspirational quote by Malcolm X. Lethaniel Bradford, an Omaha Benson High School student, painted the inscription on the mural.

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation values youth leadership and character development through the arts and encouraged neighborhood youth participation in the creation of the mural. Several young people, ranging from grade school to freshmen in college, assisted with the mural.

“I do what I do to honor my ancestors by making the world a better place for our descendants.” Ben Jones said.  “In art I hope my work might inspire others towards the same.”

During the painting process, neighborhood residents stopped by and shared life experiences and positive feedback with the artists.

“I didn’t come to J-N-J Grocery just to paint,” says Gaines-Liwaru, “I came to listen to the voices of the neighborhood.”

Gaines-Liwaru also said:

“We want to thank Dr. Marguerita Washinton, publisher of The Omaha Star, for giving the project her blessing. This endeavor was a labor of love and a mission of anti-oppression. That best sums the overall experience for both Ben Jones and myself.

“We came to paint, and to unite with a team of people who believe in helping bring people in the neighborhood a sense of personal empowerment. J-N-J grocery store sits in the middle of an area that features the Omaha Street School, the Turning Point campus with Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering, and the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Center and Park. So the message of the mural is meant to reflect the beating heart for neighborhood social change that all of these entities are working toward.

“The inscription from Malcolm X on the wall is a truthful and a tough love message that people will not reject as militant. The double imagery of the Malcolm X pointing upward signifies a seriousness and urgency to revitalize love, understanding, patience and unity to our community.  We do need more light about each other.  In this case lights means understanding God’s connected purpose for us all, to expand and show truth in a way that more people can understand and accept it themselves and our community. A lot of people have associated 42nd and Bedford Avenue as a place of crime and negativity, but we never experienced any of that during more than 45 working hours developing the mural.

“We hope this project will serve as a teaching tool and a source of inspiration for people to live better, to look for things that will bring light and positivity to North Omaha and further evidence of what our community can accomplish through the collaboration of positive, hope-filled people.”

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Malcolm X Lecture Available through NHC

Sharif Liwaru has joined the Nebraska Humanities Council as a speaker on Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) .This presentation can be made possible by the Nebraska Humanities Council as part of the NHC Speakers Bureau.

What did Malcolm X stand for and what significance does he have to the radical politics and movements of his time? Liwaru will share his life as he describes it, as a “chronology of changes”, presenting a view of Malcolm’s life and the changes he underwent, as well as the relevance of his social, political, and even spiritual thought.  The challenge is to take Malcolm X, all of him, and present this information in an accessible manner.

Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)  is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation!

Most speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska at the cost of just $50 for each. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.  The most frequent users of the NHC Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. The Nebraska Humanities Council sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the

National Endowment for the Humanities.

For a information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at www.nebraskahumanities.org (Speakers and Resources page) or contact the Nebraska Humanities Council at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail nhc@nebraskahumanities.org.

7 Reasons Why Arts are Important

  1. They are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.
  2. They provide opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality.
  3. They develop both independence and collaboration.
  4. They make it possible to use personal strengths in meaningful ways and to bridge into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions through these strengths.
  5. They improve academic achievement — enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.
  6. They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and “problem-finding.”
  7. They provide the means for every student to learn.

Adapted from “Why the arts are important?” by Dee Dickenson