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2011.05.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Malcolm X Mural Unveiled at 6 p.m. May 19

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service-Learning Academy brought together Meredith Bacon’s UNO Minority Politics class and Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru’s art students from Beveridge Magnet Middle School for Global Studies and the Arts, a program designed to create a mural for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF).

Gaines-Liwaru started the project by offering a signup sheet for those interested. “Beveridge students feel compelled to honor the positive traits of this slain civil rights leader, whose birth site has been a trash dumpsite in our North Omaha community,” she said.

Sharif Liwaru, MXMF president, was active in guiding the UNO students, as well as the Beveridge Art students, as they researched and sketched their ideas. Representatives of Beveridge’s art majors and art club visited the UNO campus in April for a presentation by UNO’s Minority Politics class to learn about Malcolm X beyond his highly publicized image. Students heard about his values for equality, justice and education, and used these as inspirations in collaborating to create the mural that portrays the accurate and honorable life story of this Omaha native.

The project’s culminating event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans St.

At the celebration, the Beveridge students will unveil the mural they spent the last few months creating. Following the unveiling, MXMF will feature the play, The Meeting.

The UNO Service-Learning Academy facilitates partnership between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

For more information, contact:
• Lucy Garza Westbrook, UNO Service-Learning Academy: 402-554-3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu
• Meredith Bacon, UNO Department of Political Science: 402-554-4858 or wbacon@unomaha.edu
• Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru, Beveridge Magnet Middle School: 402-557-4000 or gabrielle.gaines@ops.org
• Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools: 402-557-2070 or Luanne.Nelson@ops.org

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