Category Archives: Programs

Time To Get Dirty

Just a reminder that Saturday, May 2nd, is our first official community garden work day. Please plan to meet at the corner of Bedford and 34th (Malcolm X Blvd.) at 10:00 a.m.

We will spend the day clearing the property of debris and trash in preparation for the garden. If you can join us please be sure to wear grubby clothes.  Please also bring work gloves and any tools you may have.

We will continue to work on the property on Saturday, May 9th.  Should you have any questions please call 404.242.4315.

Hope to see you all there!

Tulani

Spring Cleaning

Spring brings work on the Shabazz Community Garden Project at Malcolm X Ave. and Bedford St.

In response to the expressed interest of many community members, a CommUNITY garden project is currently organizing.  In doing so, we are dedicating several lots of property at Bedford and 34th Avenue to the project.

The focus of this project is to empower families, particularly the youth by educating them about protecting the environment, healthy living, healthy eating, responsibility in caring for the look and aesthetics of our community, learning from community elders, leadership & working together through hands on activities.

The community garden program will promote collective community effort and leadership in North Omaha.  Participants will grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  This will help families save money on their food bills and make a little money through farmer’s markets.  The program seeks to foster positive self esteem & youth peace by promoting fellowship between youth and elders, entrepreneurialism, a healthy mental and physical state of being, cleaner air & environment, healthy eating habits & agricultural education for our community.

We intend to teach culture through growing foods that are found in traditional African & African American dishes.  We are building partnerships with local public schools whereby the youth will continue growing projects during the cold winter months in various school greenhouses.  In addition, the youth will be able to participate in the harvest celebrations by bringing forth foods that they actually grew.

The youth will be involved with the construction & layout of the garden (building raised beds & determining where they will be located, composting, controlling pests with plants instead of pesticides, etc).  With financial support from the Amis Foundation, we will work with Big Garden to help organize the start of this project.  Local residents, Shabazz Gardeners, and Wal Mart staff will join the building effort.

This project will help empower our community by increasing self esteem, sharing of knowledge between elders & youth, etc.  We will provide an opportunity for the youth volunteers to learn business entrepreneurial skills and about opportunities that can be realized through the selling of fresh produce.

Malcolm’s Birthday Celebration

Malcolm X Birthday Celebration and Annual Meeting of Supporters 5/16

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.

NHOF Criteria for Selection

Nebraska Hall of Fame, Criteria for Selection

  1.  A person shall have been deceased thirty-five years to be considered.
  2.  A person shall have been born in Nebraska, have lived a significant part of his or her life in Nebraska or, made a contribution to society that was affected by his or her residence in Nebraska.
  3.  Primary consideration is given to contributions in public affairs, the arts, the sciences, the professions; secondary consideration is given to entertainment, athletics, and kindred fields where interest, publicity, and general recognition may for a time be intense, but where a contribution to society is secondary.
  4. Activities that have added to the welfare of society and to the reputation of the state shall be weighed more heavily than activities primarily benefiting the individual himself or herself.

Omowale Language and Culture 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.

Omowale Language & Culture Program

Omowale Language & Culture Program includes workshops that will focus on the Kiswahili language as well as the Wolof & Mandinka languages of the Senegalese & Gambian countries.  Students will learn Black & African language & culture as a supplement to their mandated school lessons.  Students will have the opportunity to correspond with students from our partner countries and work to create an international entrepreneurship project with the African students.  They will also have an opportunity to travel to Senegal/Gambia for cultural exchange, rights of passage and to work together to implement their entrepreneur project.

Ujima Project

Ujima is a Kiswahili word that means “familyhood”.   It is also recognized as an Afrikan Kwanzaa principle, “Collective Work & Responsibility” (Making our brothers & sisters problems our problems, and working to solve them together).  This principle is the basis of the program.

Activities include; regular volunteer visits to the Nebraska Correctional Facilities particularly Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization meetings in the Lincoln & Tecumseh penitentiaries & the Omaha Youth Detention Facility, Children with Incarcerated Parents Program to provide transportation for children to visit parents who are incarcerated, and transportation for families to visit incarcerated family members.

Harambee Umoja Youth Event

Harambee Umoja Youth Event (Come together for Unity):

The purpose of this event is to facilitate a means for the HACO members to give back to the community and help illuminate positive life-choice alternatives for the youth, to introduce and help the youth utilize positive African principles and to provide something fun for the youth to be a part of.  The 2008 activity is a premier to the 5 day African American leadership camp which will be facilitated in 2009.

Black August Omaha

Black August Omaha is an annual Edutainment (Education & Entertainment) event which features performances and presentations by local & national artivists (artists & activists) in various disciplines from drama to dance, from singing to instrumental music presentations.  The purpose of this event is to highlight various topics including the Malcolm X birthplace and the development of the landmark, to celebrate & educate the community, particularly the youth about our history, to share our culture through various art forms with an emphasis on hip hop, to promote communalism and to introduce and observe various principles concerning the overall health and well being of the community.   This committee will also conduct workshops throughout the year.

Shabazz Gardens

The community garden program will promote collective community effort and leadership in North Omaha.  Participants will grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  This will help families save money on their food bills, and improve the aesthetics in the neighborhood.   The program seeks to foster positive self esteem & youth peace (violence prevention) by promoting fellowship between youth and elders, entrepreneurialism, a healthy mental and physical state of being, cleaner air & environment, healthy eating habits & agricultural education for our community.