May 18, 2022

Omaha native Malcolm X will be honored with four-day celebration

Posted May 18, 2022 7:38 PM
Malcolm X / Library of Congress
Malcolm X / Library of Congress

Nebraska Examiner

The North Omaha-based Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is hosting a four-day birthday celebration starting May 19 to pay tribute to the legacy of the African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, who was born in Omaha in 1925.

Events are centered at 3448 Evans St., the foundation site that marks the childhood home of the powerful and controversial orator. Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.

Rowena Moore created the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in 1971. A recent foundation newsletter said that, historically, area residents recognized Malcolm X’s May 19 birthday with parades, dinners and special lectures. It noted a few years of ignored efforts, especially in the 1990s and early 2000s.

(Courtesy of Malcolm X Memorial Foundation)
(Courtesy of Malcolm X Memorial Foundation)

This year, the group is hosting the series of events and is to display special images from the Omaha Star archives that document the Malcolm X legacy. Born Malcolm Little, he joined the Nation of Islam and dropped his surname for “X,” to symbolize the family name lost to slavery.

Kicking off the 2022 celebration is a luncheon with special guests Karen Wells, mother of Amir Locke; Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party; and Gus Newport, a close friend of Malcolm X. (The luncheon requires registration and a fee. A virtual option is also available at no cost.)

Free and open to the public are guided tours and the legacy photo exhibition.

Friday, starting at 6 p.m. young poets are to portray words from historical figures and orators including Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass.

Saturday features dance group performances beginning at 2 p.m.

Sunday features food trucks and the last day of the silent auction.