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2012.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Krystal Boose - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2736 - email: krystalboose@unomaha.edu

UNO, OPS Students Interview Citizens About Malcolm X

Omaha - On Wednesday, April 25, community members and leaders will meet at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF) to be interviewed by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and K-12 students about their personal experiences during the civil rights movement and reflections on Malcolm X as part of a P-16 service learning project. Interviews will take place between 12:30 and 2 p.m. at 3448 Evans St.

Over the past school year, the MXMF selected 5th graders at Minne Lusa Elementary School and 7th and 8th graders at Nathan Hale Middle School to be part of a documentary about Malcolm X. The documentary will include students’ research, reflections and community interviews the civil rights leader, his contributions to movement and the influences of that movement in Omaha.

Diane Wells Rivers from Minne Lusa Elementary School, Linda Janzen from Nathan Hale Middle School, and Todd Richardson’s UNO Folklore students worked with the K-12 students to develop interview questions that would help paint a vivid picture of the influences of the civil rights movement in North Omaha.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Krystal Boose, Service Learning Academy, 402.554.2736 or kboose@unomaha.edu, or Lucy Garza Westbrook, Service Learning Academy 402.554.3055 or lgarza@unomaha.edu; Todd Richardson, Goodrich Scholarship Program/Dept. of English, 402.554.2274 or toddrichards@unomaha.edu; or Diane Rivers, Minne Lusa Elementary at 402.457.5611 or diane.rivers@ops.org; or Linda Janzen at 402.557.4200 or linda.janzen@ops.org; or Kailyn Watson, Omaha Public Schools, 402.557.2070 or kailyn.watson@ops.org.

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