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2006.05.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Tribute to Malcolm X May 19 at UNO

Omaha - "A Tribute to the Life and Times of Malcolm X," a one-man performance depicting the life of civil rights activist Malcolm X, will be held Friday, May 19, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event will begin at 7 p.m. in William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.

The performance will feature noted scholar and speaker Charles Everett Pace. Pace has toured Africa with this presentation. The tours were sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the State Department as part of a cultural exchange program with Africa. The tribute follows Omaha native-born Malcolm Little who became known worldwide as Malcolm X and dedicated his life to the Nation of Islam and to civil rights. He was assassinated in 1965 in Harlem at age 39.

The May 19 program covers the three major phases in the historical and psychological evolution of Malcolm X: the apolitical Malcolm Little; Malcolm X, the national minister of the Nation of Islam; and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Pace also presents Malcolm's views on African-American history and culture, the role of Africa and slavery in the African psychosocial consciousness, and his vision for the future of Africans in American society.

"Through his thorough research and grasp of Malcolm X's essence, Pace gives audiences the rare opportunity to meet and speak with Malcolm X ‘in person' with his portrayal of ‘Malcolm X Speaks,'" said Sharif Liwaru, Malcolm X Memorial Foundation president.

The UNO performance is sponsored by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at UNO, the NFUZN Salon One LLC and the Nebraska Arts Council.

The program will be followed by poetry readings and a reception with the artist.

Tickets for the May 19 performance can be obtained through the Aframerican Bookstore, 32226 Lake St., or by calling Sharif Liwaru at (402) 216-3695. As all proceeds benefit the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, tickets are a suggested donation of $10 or $5 for students.

For more information, contact Liwaru at (402) 216-3695.

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