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 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 walter@malcolmxfoundation.
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.