Malcolm X is one of the most pivotal figures in civil rights history. His powerful words captured the attention of a country, encouraging empowerment and inspiring pride in black heritage.

Malcolm became interested in different religious views after his brother, Reginald, talked to him about his conversion to the Muslim religious organization the Nation of Islam. Intrigued, Malcolm studied the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Muhammad taught that white society actively worked to keep African-Americans from empowering themselves and achieving political, economic and social success. Among other goals, the Nation of Islam fought for a state of their own, separate from one inhabited by white people. By the time he was paroled from a jail sentence in 1952, Malcolm was a devoted follower with the new surname “X”. He considered “Little” a slave name and chose the “X” to signify his lost tribal name.

Intelligent and articulate, Malcolm was appointed a minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Malcolm was largely credited with increasing membership in the Nation of Islam from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 in 1963. Malcolm’s vivid personality captured the government’s attention in addition to the media. As membership in the Nation of Islam continued to grow, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agents infiltrated the organization (one even acted at Malcolm’s bodyguard) and secretly placed bugs, wiretaps and cameras surveillance equipment to monitor the group’s activities.

 Malcolm X 

  • 2022 Malcolm X Birthday Celebration
    Thu, May 19
    Remember the Legacy of Malcolm X! Join us in reclaiming the past to build for the next generation! This event will take place 4 days from May 19th thru May 22nd, 2022.
  • 2021 Malcolm X Birthday Celebration
    Fri, May 14
    Every year it is important for us to recognize the birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) through educational family-friendly experiences right in the heart of North Omaha. Join us for this free weekend in honor of his birthday on May 19th!
  • Bobby Seale: The Real Black Panther
    Sat, Sep 26
    Learn more about this event on our lecture page:
  • Pandemic Schooling Virtual Townhall
    Sun, Jul 19
    Discuss challenges and what's missing from current educational opportunities. Zoom Details:
  • A friend of Malcolm X: An online lecture with Gus Newport (Zoom & Facebook)
    Wed, Jun 17
    Zoom Webinar
    Meet the man who traveled and organized with Malcolm X during his last speech tour in Rochester, New York in 1965. Find out what was being planned for the OAAU and speak to this old friend of Malcolm X!
  • SOLD - OUT! Non-Black Allies Strategy Session
    Sun, Jun 14
    Connect with other organizers on how to best navigate tough spaces and better advocate for safe spaces for Black people. This event is an educational effort for non-Black allies.
  • Community Yoga (Winter 2019)
    Mon, Dec 02
    3448 Evans Street
    Yoga held weekly on Mondays at 7 p.m. - A community yoga class held at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.
  • Sōl Food & Music Festival
    Sat, Aug 24
    3448 Evans St
    First held in August 25, 2018, the Sol Food & Music Festival was started by a committee of local artists aiming to bring awareness on food insecurity in North Omaha. This event is a sister festival for the Dis Poem Words & Agro Fest held annually in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
  • Donell Jones - Outdoor Event Live in Concert
    Fri, Aug 02
    Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
    101.3FM Mind Soul Presents Donell Jones w/ Special Guest LE Velle and Enjoli Fri Aug 2 Music DJ Chain Hosted By 101.3 FM Mind & Soul Radio Hosts Michael and Michelle
  • Community Yoga (Summer 2019)
    Mon, Jul 01
    Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
    Held weekly on Mondays at 7 p.m. - all ages are welcome to this community yoga class held at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation either in the main visitors hall or down at the 4MX greenhouse.
  • Malcolm X Birthday Celebration - May 19
    Sun, May 19
    3448 Evans St
    This year we are hosting a weeklong celebration that is open to the public to honor the life and legacy of Malcolm X. We often collaborate with local historians to host forums, art competitions and performances on this day. Check out the schedule here!