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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.


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 (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

Malcolm X Staring Denzel Washington

Malcolm X Screening

Malcolm X Staring Denzel Washington
Denzel plays Malcolm X

A special 20th anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s Academy Award-nominated biopic about the life and death of the Omaha-born activist, featuring a career-defining, award-worthy performance from Denzel Washington. Presented in collaboration with Film Streams and the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.

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“A whole generation of young people are being introduced to Malcolm X and people who’ve heard of him or had limited views of him are having their views expanded. Above all, we hope that black folks will come out of the theater inspired and moved to do something positive… As with any film I’ve done, people will take away their own message. For a large part of the white audience, however, I think we’re helping redefine Malcolm X because for the most part their view of Malcolm came from the white media which portrayed him as anti-white, anti-Semitic, and pro-violence. It’s funny, [many white journalists told me] they felt they’d been robbed, that they’d been cheated, because they’d never been taught about Malcolm X in school…. A great miseducation has gone on about this man.” (Spike Lee)

Birthday Celebration 2012

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF) will
host a three-day Malcolm X Birthday Celebration and African Festival May 17-19.

The celebration will begin with a spoken word, poetry and music night at a downtown Omaha multicultural social networking club and end with an outdoor African-style community festival at Malcolm X Memorial Park in North Omaha

The May 19 (1925) birthday of Malcolm X is recognized world-wide and coincides with
the global celebration of African Liberation Day, which honors historical heroes and
advocates of social progress for African-descendants throughout the world. “Malcolm X is Omaha’s most famous native and is still known internationally as one of
our nation’s most prolific leaders in the struggle for equality and human rights,”said Sharif Liwaru, president of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.
“The Nebraska Writer’s Association has declared The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the biggest selling book ever written by or about someone born in Nebraska.”

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Birthday Celebration Schedule:

Thursday, May 17 – “Verbal Gumbo – Legacy of Malcolm X Tribute”
House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., 7 p.m., $5 Admission
Hosted by Withlove Felicia and Michelle Troxclair

Verbal Gumbo is a vehicle and staging ground for poets, spoken work artists, lyricists, songwriters, storytellers and orators from diverse backgrounds to share their words, experiences, cultures in a family-like setting that cultivates and inspires creativity. The Gumbo is better the more flavors you add to it.
The House of Loom provides a forum to discuss and learn about social issues within
our community and at its core is an artful social experiment.
Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Open to the public.

Friday, May 18 – “Mental Liberation – Legacy of Malcolm X Tribute,”
Hosted by: Self Xpression and TruthSpeaks Lounge
Malcolm X Center, 3448 Evans St., 7 p.m., free, public welcome
“Mental Liberation” features a presentation by nationally-acclaimed poet and author
“Basheer Jones,” and “Word Smiths,” Nebraska performance artists sponsored by the
Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
Including a Hip-Hop performance and Presentation on “Life of Malcolm X.”

Saturday, May 19
Annual Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Membership Meeting
& Preview of the Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis Historical Collection
Malcolm X Memorial Center, 3448 Evans St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Malcolm Jarvis was Malcolm X’s closest personal friend and crime partner who was sentenced to prison with Malcolm X. Shorty Jarvis lived to be 75 years old and was a master musician, composer and the author of “The Other Malcolm”, an account of his
years with Malcolm X.

African Cultural Festival and Public Display of “Shorty” Jarvis Collection
Malcolm X Memorial Park, 3448 Evans St., 12 Noon to 5 p.m., Free, public welcome.
Live sound stage featuring music, storytelling, African drumming workshop, spoken
word performances, African face painting, presentations on the life of Malcolm X, and numerous vendors of food, art and more. Sponsored in large part by: Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
For more information, contact Walter Brooks at 402-517-6459 or email

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, in concert with local, national, and international supporters of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), endeavors to perpetuate his uncompromising leadership and contributions towards social justice.

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  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


Community Talk

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


Walter Vincent Brooks, host of the Brooks Reports on Community Talk, 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