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2008.03.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Malcolm X Festival April 2-3 at UNO

Omaha - The Department of Black Studies will host the 2008 Malcolm X Festival April 2-3 at UNO.

National political strategist Donna Brazille, previously announced as the event’s keynote speaker, has cancelled her presentation at UNO.

The annual event brings to Omaha a forum to further explore and expand awareness of Malcolm X and his significance to the nation. This year’s theme is “The Ballot or the Bullet: Politics and Malcolm X.”

The festival at UNO brings together leading Malcolm X scholars, Omaha area students and artists to continue to build on the teachings and issues Malcolm X brought to the forefront of American society.

The event schedule is as follows. All presentations, which are free and open to the campus community and the public, will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 2
Welcome by Dean Shelton Hendricks
10 a.m., “The Political Economy of Malcolm X” by William Sales
11 a.m., “Voting Issues for the Black Community” by Loree Bykerk
1 p.m., “North Omaha Political Activism and Voter Registration Efforts in the 1970s and 1980s” by Vickey Parks, followed by “The Political Role of the Black Church” by L.C. Menyweather-Woods
5:30 p.m., “Chisholm ’73: Unbought & Unbossed” at Love’s Jazz & Art Center (2510 N. 24th St.), sponsored by Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Library, featuring complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres.

Thursday, April 3
Welcome by Chancellor John Christensen
8:30 a.m., “Rediscovering Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable
10 a.m., “Midwestern Roots of the Civil Rights Movement” by Dave Peavler
1 p.m., “How Ya Like Me Now? Black Political Art” by Peggy Jones
5:30 p.m., “The Politics of Hip Hop: What Would Malcolm Say?” by UNO students; “Any Metaphor Necessary: The Power of a Word Warrior” by Cathy Draine; and theatrical interpretation of “The Ballot or the Bullet” by D. Kevin Williams.

For more information about the Malcolm X Festival, call (402) 554-2412.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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