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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.

History Exhibit and Spoken Word

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and Nebraska Arts Council Sponsor Two-Day Visit by Black History 101 Mobile Museum and “Mental Liberation Poetry Jam” featuring Amir Sulaiman Sept. 2-3

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF), with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council, will host its first “Mental Liberation Poetry Jam,” headlined by acclaimed Spoken Word Poet Amir Sulaiman, Saturday, Sept. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Malcolm X Center, 3448 Evans Street.

The Malcolm X Center also will host Nebraska’s SECOND visit by the renowned Black History 101 Mobile Museum with curator Khalid El-Hakim. The museum displays will be open to the public on Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no admission charge to visit the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, but a free will donation is encouraged.

The performance by Amir Sulaiman will be $10 adults ($15 at the door), and $5 for youth under 18 and elders (senior citizens). This program will include guest appearances by Omaha spoken word artists and Hip Hop performers Prototype XX (Y’Shall Tarlon and J’Reed Maat).

“This is going to be one of the most informative, entertaining and inspiring Labor Day weekend events in Nebraska,” said Walter Brooks, Administrative Director of the MXMF. “We truly encourage all of Omaha to come out and experience this unique traveling Black History exhibit and the extraordinary mind and voice of Amir Sulaiman.”

Sulaiman intensely radiates the stories of life. From the silent cries of the battered wife to the painful resignation of the orphaned child in Malawi, the ailments of humanity are channeled through him into the eyes, ears, and hearts of the listeners. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he speaks of change, of growth, of reviving life.

Twice featured on HBO’s Def Jam Poetry show, Sulaiman has four albums to date. His writings were significantly influenced by the Black Arts Movement, the literary and artistic extension of the Black Power Movement of the ’60s and ’70s, and one of its cardinal figures, Amiri Baraka. While attending North Carolina A&T State University, Sulaiman built his reputation at spoken word forums on college campuses, coffeehouses, and bookstores. During his sophomore year, he released his first book of poetry, “Words of Love, Life and Death.”

Sulaiman self-released his first spoken word album, “Cornerstore Folklore,” in 2001. In 2004, he received his first national showcase on HBO’s Def Poetry show. He released two more albums in 2004 and 2006, “Dead Man Walking” and “Broad Daylight,” respectively.

Brooklyn MC/actor Mos Def, former host of HBO’s Def Poetry show, took Sulaiman on tour as his opening performer in 2005 and 2006. Then in 2007, Sulaiman released his critically acclaimed fourth album, “Like a Thief in the Night.” This album features appearances from Mos Def, Dead Prez’s M-1, and the Last Poets, the acknowledged “godfathers” of African American spoken word poetry.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop. Led by Founder/ Director Khalid el-Hakim, this museum has acquired over 3,000 original artifacts and includes pivotal displays on the Black Power Movement, Nation Of Islam, Civil Rights Movement, as well as sports, literature and music.  The Black History 101 Mobile Museum travels to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, conferences, and cultural events across the country.

The museum’s treasures include original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States. Artifacts in this unparalleled mobile collection represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights and Black Power era, and popular culture. A few prominent pieces in the collection’s archives include a rare slave bill of sale and documents signed by Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, Rosa Parks, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Dorothy Height, Alex Haley, Ice T and others.

Khalid el-Hakim said, “History is important, because for years we’ve been told lies, we’ve been told a history of omission. People leave out parts of history. It’s my purpose and mission, as a teacher, to go out and fill in the voids that history has left out. My mission is to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans. I want people to walk away as inspired as I’ve been as a collector and student of this history.”

For more information, or tickets, contact Walter Brooks at 402-517-6459 or email walter@malcolmxfoundation.org.  Tickets are also on sale at the Aframerican Bookstore, 3226 Lake St., 402-455-9200.

Kwanzaa Program

Kwanzaa Program

presented by

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation

and

Community Talk Radio.com

Your Voice in the community, listen to it!

At the

Malcolm X Center

3448 Evans

Monday, December 27, 2010

6:30 pm to 8 pm

FEATURING

Walter Vincent Brooks, host of the Brooks Reports on Community Talk Radio.com, Every other Tuesday night 7 pm to 8:30 pm, reviewing his manuscript:

Trust No Shadows after Dark, African-American Genocide in the United States of America

 “I am not coming to the Malcolm X Center to explain what is wrong with the African American community. You already know that.Trust No Shadows after Dark is dedicated to understanding the tools of the system that has worked us over for 400 years (with emphasis on the last 60 years) without satisfaction or reparation. And now, as my research shows in detail, is preparing to wipe us off the face of the earth. I stan before you on Dec. 27, in the spirit of Malcolm X who said, ‘If you don’t know how you got into something, you cannot possibly know how to get out of it.’ Listen to my explanation of how we got where we are today and what it will mean if we don’t redirect ourselves and our people.”

-Walter V.Brooks

Kwanzaa candle lighting, libations, presentation and Q & A after the presentation.

Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public

Camp Akili Cultural Program

The Omowale Language and Culture program will offer various enriching opportunities including Camp Akili, an Omaha summer leadership camp that focuses on community leadership and service.  They will also offer quarterly sessions that will focus on the Kiswahili language as well as the Wolof & Mandinka languages of the Senegalese & Gambian countries.  Students will learn African language & culture as a supplement to their mandated school lessons.  They will correspond with students from our partner countries abroad to nurture and perfect their new language skills and will work to create an international entrepreneurship project with the African students that can be implemented in both countries.   Students will raise funds to travel to Senegal/Gambia for cultural exchange, rights of passage and to work together to implement their entrepreneur project.  They will share the many things that they learn abroad with the local community.  In addition, the Omowale program includes opportunities for incarcerated youth.  Youth who are in the correctional facilities can start the language and  culture program at the institution and continue immediately with the community based rendition of the program.  The program also provides an opportunity for youth of from any ethnic background who possess an interest in African language and culture to study and experience it.  Poor education, poverty, and violence are realities that do not have to be.  North Omaha youth are often lacking in positive cultural identity and deprived of a view of the world beyond the boundaries of the challenges they face right outside of their doors every day.  Positive self identity results in positive actions which, in turn, cultivate safer and more cooperative neighborhoods.

Shabazz Community Gardens

In response to the expressed interest of many community members, the foundation CommUNITY garden project is currently organizing.  In doing so, we are dedicating several lots of property to the project.

We are looking for interested, dedicated community members to take voluntary positions in the gardening club to develop and manage the project.

This project will help empower our community by encouraging healthy eating, collective work and responsibility, aesthetic improvements of our surroundings, increasing self esteem, sharing of knowledge between elders & youth, etc.

We will begin garden design and layout in April.  Volunteers are needed!

for more information please contact us at (800) 645-9287

African Dance and Drum Classes

The African Culture Connection & the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation bring Africa & African America together in 8 weeks of African Dance or Drumming & Culture lessons with financial support from the **Nebraska Arts Council.

The first session will start September 18, 2009 and run through November.  The second session will start November and run through January.  Each session will cost only $10 when registering through our foundation.

To REGISTER:

Click “HERE” to register your name and pay $10 at the first class.

(Use the Message Section)

Click “HERE” to register and pay $10 online through our donor page.

(Use the General Fund as type of donation)

Cash, Check or Money Order will be accepted at the Aframerican Bookstore located at 3226 Lake Street, Omaha, NE  68111

Class Schedule:

(unless otherwise noted)

Location:  UNO HPER (Health, Physical Education & Recreation Bldg) 2nd floor Dance Lab

Friday,     September, 18, 2009 Beginning Dance           5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     September 18, 2009 Advanced Dance            7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, September, 19, 2009 Beginning Drumming  9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     September, 25, 2009 Beginning Dance           5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     September 25, 2009 Advanced Dance            7:00pm-8:00pm

*DRUMS AT MALCOLM X BIRTH PLACE (34th & EVANS) ADDITIONAL TIME FOR THIS DAY

Saturday, September, 26, 2009 Beginning Drumming    9:00am-10:00am

*Saturday, September, 26, 2009 Beginning Drumming  *1:00pm-2:00pm

(free public demonstration of beginning drumming class)

Friday,     October, 02, 2009 Beginning Dance                  5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     October 02, 2009 Advanced Dance                   7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October, 03, 2009 Beginning Drumming         9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     October, 09, 2009 Beginning Dance                  5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     October 09, 2009 Advanced Dance                   7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October, 10, 2009 Beginning Drumming         9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     October, 16, 2009 Beginning Dance                  5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     October  16, 2009 Advanced Dance                  7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October, 17, 2009 Beginning Drumming         9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     October, 23, 2009 Beginning Dance                  5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     October 23, 2009 Advanced Dance                   7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October, 24, 2009 Beginning Drumming         9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     October, 30, 2009 Beginning Dance                  5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     October 30, 2009 Advanced Dance                   7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, October, 31, 2009 Beginning Drumming         9:00am-10:00am

Friday,     November, 06, 2009 Beginning Dance             5:45pm-6:45pm

Friday,     November 06, 2009 Advanced Dance              7:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, November, 07, 2009 Beginning Drumming    9:00am-10:00am

**This Residency Program  with Charles Ahovissi of the African Culture Connection is sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council.

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Malcolm’s Birthday Recognition

Malcolm X Birthday Recognition and Annual Meeting of Supporters 5/22/10

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization in the Greater Omaha community established to educate through the teachings of Malcolm X’s legacy on a local, national and international scale.

Our programs are service and culture based.  They are intended for educating about the life of Malcolm X, for cultivating collective efforts to improve the social conditions in which many live & to inspire the community to be actively involved with matters of peace and justice for all humanity.

Our goal is two fold. The first is to create a park like memorial at his birth home as a tourist and educational attraction. The other is to improve the condition of our community through education, increased opportunities and the utilization of the Arts to share cultural traditions and knowledge.

Each year our Foundation hosts a tribute at the birth place in honor of Malcolm X for his birthday.  This year’s Malcolm X Birthday Celebration will be held on the 16th of May.  Our annual meeting of supporters, members, donors, etc. will be held at that time as well.

We will hold the celebration as an African themed festival.  Have you ever heard of or been to those 16th century renaissance festivals? They are centered around the European medieval renaissance period.  They include arts and crafts fairs, jousting tournaments, jugglers, costumed people from peasants to royalty, etc.

We will create an African themed culture and arts celebration; a recreated village where the sights, sounds, tastes, and beauty of ancient African kingdoms such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai come alive.  We will have a marketplace, craft vendors, African games, drumming, dance, story telling, sing-a-longs, African attire and apparel, a flag display from African countries, African arts/craft making, music, fun educational workshops, food — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure!

Omaha’s African Cultural Connection (ACC) is an organization of professional artists using traditional African dance, music and story to encourage students to learn more about the positive contributions African cultures have made to society.   They will be joining us in our celebration.

ReMINDers in Concert 7/3/09

The Peaceful Change Movement wishes to invite you to our premier summer concert, featuring the ReMINDers and Devel Crisp, Lyricist at Large.  This free, all-ages show will present high-quality hip hop that is guaranteed to not make you blush!!

Mark the date: July 3rd, 2009 at 1PM, MXM Grounds, with an after hours session at 24th and Leavenworth, for the true hip-hop enthusiasts.

Check the ReMINDers, Devel Crisp, and the Peaceful Change Movement at the link listed below.  Please call (402)812-7503 for more info.  We’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!

P.S. Click Here: [RemindersJuly3.jpg] to download the flyer and send it to everyone you know!!!

The ReMINDers:

www.myspace.com/theremindersfam

www.cdbaby.com/cd/reminders

www.youtube.com/originalblack

www.myspace.com/bigsamir

www.twitter.com/bigsamir

Devel Crisp:

www.myspace.com/develcrisp

Peaceful Change:

www.myspace.com/iampeacefulchange

iampeacefulchange@yahoo.com

(402)812-7503

 

-Tesnim of the “I Am Peaceful Change” Movement

Bringing High Quality, Conscious Hip Hop to the O.Ne

Movies in the Park

Beginning Saturday June 13th, Join us at the Malcolm X birth place for our Summer Movie Series in the park, where we showcase dynamic, thought provoking, and inspiring documentaries, short films, independent productions and feature films.

Come to Malcolm X (34th) Ave. and Evans Street at 9 p.m.  Bring your family, lawn chairs and your blankets.

Click on the above image to download the flyer.

PLEASE RESPECT: NO ALCOHOL NEAR OR ON THE PREMISES

Malcolm X Birthday Celebration 2009

African Renaissance Celebration

The African Culture Connection & the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation celebrate Malcolm X and his message of unity by bringing Africa to America with financial support from the **Nebraska Arts Council.

On Tuesday, June 30th (New Date!) at the Adams Park Community Center.  We will be receiving all visitors with the sounds of the Djembe Drums and the beautiful colors of African Dance.

We will host an African themed culture and arts celebration; a small recreated village where the sights, sounds, tastes, and beauty of ancient African kingdoms such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai come alive.  We will have craft vendors, African games, drumming, dance, story telling, African attire and a flag display from African countries.

Omaha’s African Cultural Connection (ACC) is an organization of professional artists using traditional African dance, music and story to encourage students to learn more about the positive contributions African cultures have made to society.   They will be joining us in our celebration.

***The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, supports this program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.