Spring and Summer at MXMF are always full of vibrant programming, special events and opportunities to get involved. It began with 100 days of preparation and planning for the annual Malcolm X Birthday Celebration, May 19-21, which you can view the 3-day footage recap further below. Then just 30 days later hosted by Omaha Freedomtainment, we hosted the 3rd annual Juneteenth festival, complete with daytime family-friendly events, plus the outdoor concert at night. This year, we had our own doors open for the public to experience educational tours as well.
In the midst of this busy time, we were fortunate enough to receive great news of the State of Nebraska awarding $20 Million dollars towards the grounds development of MXMF to become an international cultural center/museum in memory of Malcolm X (the next Nebraska Hall of Fame inductee)! For this reason, we felt it worthwhile to host a necessary town hall to really discuss what this means for not only this organization, but also for the economic vitality of North Omaha due to its potential massive impact once the projects are completed. You can find more info on this town hall just below.
Lastly, it is imperative that we see ourselves at MXMF as true stewards of important preservation and cultural heritage work. With that in mind, we have launched a community needs survey which will help us understand what our local residents need and how to better navigate building or facilitating effective solutions to the many problems facing our communities. Behind the scenes, we have been busy working on creating more inclusive procedures and are dedicated to more intentional programming to move us all forward. Thank you for sticking with us and joining us in this important work!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE LB531 & COMMUNITY TOWN HALL
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 16TH | 3-5 p.m. | 3448 Evans Street
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
NATIVE OMAHA WEEK at MXMF | July 24-July 30, 2023
Every two years, Omaha residents who no longer reside here return for a North Omaha reunion participating in a weeklong celebration of cultural heritage and events. This year, MXMF will be open for ALL 7 DAYS with special programming to keep the memories and connections going! Events include panel discussions, 3 film screenings & educational tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
All events are free (unless noted otherwise) and we can't wait to see you!
OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH MXMF
We’re so excited to be a part of a cohort of Nebraska based nonprofits that will be able to host a policy fellowship this year! In collaboration with the Nebraska Civic Engagement table, we encourage those interested to learn more about this opportunity via the details below and apply by July 31st, 2023 to be considered for this timely opportunity!
“The Nebraska Table’s Lobby School program supports participants in taking a 360-approach to movement building by connecting elections and grassroots efforts to policy work. This program is intended to expand the advocacy infrastructure in our state and build power, particularly among Nebraska’s BIPOC and rural communities. To open up this program to more advocates in our community, Lobby School offers a Policy Fellowship for those passionate about being involved in policy work. Participants will grow their policy, communications, and legislative advocacy skills through Lobby School and have the opportunity to advance policy goals in our state. Each Policy Fellow will be placed with one of our nonprofit Member Organizations to advance policy at the Nebraska Legislature and other relevant policymaking bodies. This year, selected Fellows will have the chance to work with the Heartland Workers Center, I Be Black Girl, or the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. This is a great opportunity for folks who are new to policy work to learn the ropes and build advocacy experience! Together, we can work to empower our Nebraska communities.”
Applications will be accepted until July 31st. Positions are expected to start Monday, September 18th. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references who can speak to your experience and qualifications to email@example.com. In the subject line, please put “Lobby and Policy Fellow."
COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SURVEY
Tired of community programs being implemented without input from the community? We are too! The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is conducting a Community Needs Survey designed to gather valuable information about the needs of our community in order to develop an AmeriCorps Program that will address those needs effectively. Please click the image below to let us know how we can best support you.
EVENT RECAP - MALCOLM X BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (May 19-21)
In case you missed it, the Malcolm X Birthday Weekend was full of worthy memories over the 3-day weekend. You can find photos here from the luncheon, community awards, play reading of "The Meeting" and the Re-Entry panel. Special thanks to our sponsors: Black Voters Matter Fund (Atlanta), Jeffrey & Ellen Platt and Weitz Family Foundation. We thank everyone who was able to attend both in person and virtually. It feels good to commune together and build a legacy of true support for the village! Catch the live streams on our YouTube page.