Mapping the Life of El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
I admire El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) and the impact that he had on people of African descent. As such, I was pleased to see a Malcolm X exhibit on Second Life.
Drumbeats from Black Threads told us about the efforts of Moraine Valley Community College to analyze this autobiography in detail. The students of this community college map the life of Malcolm X, in geographic terms, based on the information provided in his autobiography.
Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X is at once inspirational, controversial, and historic. It is a novel that has had far-reaching success selling millions of copies and influencing Americans of all races and creeds.
This “autobiography” relates the life story of Civil Rights leader Malcolm X, who came of age in the segregated America of the 1940s and 1950s. He embraced religion while in prison and sought to free his people “by any means necessary.” By the end of his life, Malcolm X was one of the most prominent African American leaders. While on a journey to Mecca, he began to preach a more inclusive ideology that emphasized cooperation and understanding. The Autobiography of Malcolm X provides a valuable glimpse of America. More importantly, it is the story of one man rising up against oppression and learning, through his own experiences, how America might redeem itself.
Villagers have shared thoughts on the birth and death of Malcolm X in the past. I would love to hear from you again today. What is your lasting memory of El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)?
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.
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
In fall of 2007, the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation designated six 125’ x 50’ Lots to initiate a community garden. The mission 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 aesthetics of our community, learning from community elders, leadership & working together through a hands on activities.
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). They will grow vegetables, fruit trees, study trees that help combat urban pollution & soil erosion. We will work with the lead safe coalition to Educate on lead poisoning & restoring lead contaminated areas (North Omaha is a crisis area for lead contamination).