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2013.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Twelfth Annual Malcolm X Festival to be Held April 23, 24 at UNO
Festival Theme of "It's Not Where You're From, It's Where You're At" to Focus on the 'Location' of the African-American Experience

Omaha - In Omaha, Malcolm X is more than just a civil rights leader – he’s a part of the city’s history. If he had not been assassinated in 1965, this upcoming May 19 would have been the former Omaha resident’s 88th birthday.

For the last 12 years, around the time of Malcolm X’s birthday, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Department of Black Studies has celebrated its annual Malcolm X Festival. The event regularly brings in guest speakers and performances to discuss issues of the African-American culture in the United States.

This year the festival will take place Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24, with the theme “’It’s Not Where You’re From It’s Where You’re At’: Space, Place, and Time in the African-American Experience” and all events will take place in UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom except for Wednesday’s closing event, which will be held at the Malcolm X Foundation, 3448 Evans St.

Events are as follows:

Tuesday, April 23

10 - 11:15 a.m.
“The Theatrical Space: Carving Out a Locale for Freedom”
Professor Douglas Patterson, UNO Department of Theatre
Location: MBSC Ballroom

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Special Issue of Critical Sociology Professor Nikitah Okemba-RA Imani, Chair of UNO’s Department of Black Studies
Location: MBSC Ballroom

1 – 2:15 p.m.
Black Studies Research Project Presentations
Location: MBSC Ballroom

6 – 8 p.m.
Nebraska Humanities Council Presents: The Wordsmiths
Reading from “Code Named Deadly. Occupation?”
Open Mic Night for Community Poets and Presenters
Location: MBSC Ballroom

Wednesday, April 24

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
“Impacts of Spatial Inequalities: Food Deserts, Transportation Equity, and Social Segmentation”
Professor David Padgett, Director of the Geographic Information Sciences Library at Tennessee State University
Location: MBSC Ballroom

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Staying or Leaving: Commitment Trumps All
Professor Assata Nicole-Richards, Vice Chair of the Houston Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Project Row Houses-Tamika Evans
Location: MBSC Ballroom

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
“How Race and Place Intersect and Interact”
Tunette Powell, Author/Speaker and UNO Alumna
Location: MBSC Ballroom

5:30 – 8 p.m.
“Spirito-Visual Art Space: Painting Live”
LaRhonda Angelisa
Location: Malcolm X Foundation

For questions about any of the Malcolm X Festival events, contact Felicia Dailey at 402.554.2412 or by email at fdailey@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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