Omaha Public Radio News
6:47 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Malcolm X Foundation plans birthday tribute

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation is holding a birthday tribute and African Festival this Saturday to honor the memory of the late Civil Rights leader.

Malcolm X was assassinated in February 1965 while giving a speech in New York City. He was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha. Sharif Liwaru, President of the Malcolm X Foundation, says there's a lot of interest in the community about Malcolm X.

"They see that there are a lot of fans of Malcolm X, a lot of people who look to him as a role model for their own lives. And from their limited background, often find they have a view that's different from a real perspective," Liwaru says. "This event gives us an opportunity to share his ideas and his hope for leadership within the community and involvement in social justice is spread to the community."

The celebration takes place at the Malcolm X Birth Site at 3448 Pinkney Street this Saturday from Noon to 4 PM. Liwaru says the day's activities include African dancing and educational workshops.

Details are available online at malcolmxfoundation.org.