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2007.02.05> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Sixth Annual Malcolm X Festival Set for Feb. 13-14

Omaha - The sixth Annual Malcolm X Festival at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will focus on the Black Arts Movement during two days of lectures, presentations, performances and discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13 and 14. All events will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center and are free.

On Feb. 13, events begin at 10 a.m. with “Lynch Fragments: The Works of Mel Edwards.”  Edwards is a contemporary American sculptor whose work often incorporates found metallic objects.  At 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion will be held on the image of the young black male.  Panelists include: Deb Bunting, Nebraska Arts Council, Peggy Jones, visiting assistant professor in the UNO Department of Black Studies, and Mike Carroll, associate professor in the UNO Goodrich Program.

Feb. 14 events begin at 9 a.m. with the Imani Winds Quintet giving an artist's talk.  The quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, French Horn, bassoon) is comprised of African-American and Latino musicians who combine their cultural backgrounds with the classical tradition.  Formed in 1997, the group has played from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  “Imani” means faith in Swahili.  The group will give a full performance later in the day at 7 p.m.

Two other presentations are also set for Feb. 14:

* M1 of Dead Prez will speak at noon;

* Reggie Clark aka “Slim” and Nkrumah will discuss the business of hip hop at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Tim Kaldahl at (402) 554-3502 or Felicia Dailey at (402) 554-2412.

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