A historical marker points out the birth site of African American activist Malcolm X. His family left Omaha in the 1920s. ... More
Malcolm X Birthsite
A historical marker points out the birth site of African American activist Malcolm X. His family left Omaha in the 1920s. Decades later, community leaders launched a crusade for this memorial, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places. His home no longer exists; however, a marker stands on land at his former address. Although there really is not much to see, history buffs will find this memorial site in North Omaha a nice side trip. Admission is free.
concrete paths leading to nowhere, overgrown weeds, no trees for comfort or benches for reflexion. Visitor center was not open any of the times I had gone out there. Its a non for-profit, so someones making money for not doing a dam thing. Really dont find that too odd, just disappointing.
I appreciate that SOME effort was made but that's about it.
The neighborhood has taken no ownership of the site. There has obviously been no initiative taken to improve, let alone maintain, the site.
I grew up in Omaha and only knew about this spot because I got lost one day.
Unfortunately, until the neighborhood and community step up, I foresee no future improvements which is a poor reflection on a great man.
I gave my vist to the birthsite of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) high ratings because of what the person means to us as species and our potential dispite the situation we are born into.
I had to wade through three feet high weeds to get to the stairs leading to a cheesey plaque after nearly fourty years of effort. There has been considerable improvements since the last review. I was offended by the reviewer that attacked the community. I know the area well and it is not a scarry place.
I also gave the area high marks because it inspired me to action on Facebook on the Malcolm X interest group. I recommend anyone interested in the paying homege to the man contact the Malcolm X foundation dot-org to arrange a visit.
Five years ago when I visited there was a land marker but it was vandalized and the area was full of trash. It seems like even the people who live around the site don't respect it.
I visited the site a few months ago. There was only a marker on a street sign and no distinct land marks showing exactly where it was.
I hope that this location gets an extreme make over and that the people in the community do what it takes to preserve this historic place!
Omaha is the birthplace of both Gerald Ford and Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little), however the city only proudly boasts of the former with a presidential garden and library. Fortunately, some local residents have begun making X's birthsite discoverable... the site has no museum or visitor's center, nor any informational sign... simply a marker within a fenced-in field.
If you are in Omaha, you can easily swing over to see this historical location. Considering that there is no admission (as there is no official landmark), one should be hard-pressed to complain about the lack of fanfare. And if you, like many others, feel that X was an important figure in American (and possibly African) history, consider donating to the Malcolm X Memorial Assocation , which is trying to develop a culutral and historical center on the site.
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