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Moving Forward: Omaha's Malcolm X Foundation

Homegrown hero of the civil rights movement
Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 21:17:07-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — February is Black History Month. For the next few weeks, we’re focusing on Black excellence and what better place to look than the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation — here in Omaha.

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation sits near the property of the of the civil rights leader’s former home:

The foundation has been in existence at the historic site since 1971 and was founded by Rowena Moore. Moore was heavily engaged in a number of civil rights movements, here in the metro—particularly in South Omaha. Her legacy was to preserve the site where X lived.

The site is full of history lessons and even has a scale-sized home to show the conditions X lived in—along with four other family members. The home was targeted by members of the KKK.

While visiting, you can learn more about Malcolm's upbringing, how his parents led Garveyism in Omaha, the Klu Klux Klan's presence in Omaha at the time, and how his parents were eventually forced out of the area by the KKK.

X was born Malcolm Little at the University Hospital in Omaha on May 19, 1925.

Watch the above video for more from 3 News Now anchor Maya Saenz.

For more on the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, click here.

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