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2012.02.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

11th Annual Malcolm X Festival is March 7 and 8

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, on campus. Ameena Nuur Fort-Matthews, featured in the new documentary film “The Interrupters,” will give a presentation during the afternoon of March 8.

This year’s festival theme is “Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex.” Nuur Fort-Matthews will present “Making Our Communities Vibrant: Positive Interventions to End Youth and Community Violence” at 3 p.m. Her talk, and all other festival events, will take place in UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

Nurr Fort-Matthews was one of three “Violence Interrupters” in Chicago that director Steve James followed for a year. “The Interrupters” recently aired on PBS’ Frontline program.

“We feel incredibly lucky to have Ms. Nuur Fort-Matthews speaking at our festival,” said Peggy Jones, an assistant professor in the Black Studies Department. “She’s a passionate activist and presenter; her topic is timely and crucially important both locally and nationally.”

The rest of the festival schedule follows below. Other presenters and their topics include:

* Neil Williams from the Loyola School of Law will present “The Law: A Tool of Jusice of Weapon of Injustice at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7.

* Sam Walker, UNO professor emeritus of criminal justice will present “How Police Practices Contribute to the Prison Pipeline – And How to End Those Practices” at noon on March 7.

* Robert Bryan from the Douglas County Youth Center will discuss “Youth and Corrections” at 2:30 p.m. on March 7.

* A’Jamal Byndon, executive director of Omaha Table Talk, will present “What Would Malcolm Say? The Status of Youth” at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 8.

* Jawanza Kunjufu, an educational consultant, author and lecturer, will present “African Centered Responses to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory” at 1 p.m. on March 8.

All of the presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call Felicia Dailey, (402) 554.2412, or visit the UNO Black Studies website at http://www.unomaha.edu/blst/malcolmx.php.

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