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2008.10.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Malcolm X Scholar to Visit Omaha Oct. 29

Omaha - Internationally known Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and hold campus and community presentations during his visit on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Dr. Marable is professor of Public Affairs, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he founded and directs the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. He has published widely. His current project is a biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.

“Dr. Marable has a stellar academic reputation,” said Omowale Akintunde, chair of the UNO Black Studies Department. “Omahans have a unique opportunity to listen to a world-class expert on one of the city’s native son’s – Malcolm X.”

Malcolm X was born in Omaha as Malcolm Little in 1925. He became an African American Muslim minister, public speaker and activist before being assassinated in 1965.

UNO will hold its eighth annual Malcolm X Festival in April.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, Dr. Marable will give a free presentation at UNO, inside the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.

Later in the day, at 6:30 p.m., UNO will host a community event and reception with Dr. Marable at Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St.

At both presentations, Dr. Marable will discuss his biography of Malcolm X, as well as Malcolm X’s prison years.

Visit www.manningmarable.net for more information on Dr. Marable.

Dr. Marable's visit to Omaha is co-sponsored by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, the UNO Black Studies Department and the College of Arts and Sciences, and by funds from the University of Nebraska Foundation.

For more information, contact Chandra Wrightsell at cwrightsell@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3936.

Editor’s note: Dr. Marable is available for phone interviews prior to his Omaha visit. Contact Wendy Townley, UNO University Relations, to coordinate: wtownley@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2762.

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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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