Friday, February 21, 2014

SSC Library Hosts Muslim Journeys Speaker

Sharif Liwaru will present a program entitled Malik el Shabazz (Malcolm X) - Being Muslim in America on March 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library.

This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the South Sioux City Public Library, as part of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers’ Bureau. 

Sharif Liwaru joined the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in 1992 and has been president since 2005. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Black studies. He is an assistant director in the student organizations and leadership programs office responsible for the university’s organizations and cultural programs and is the liaison between community organizations and students. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management.

Mr. Liwaru says of his program:  What did Malcolm X stand for and what significance does he have to the radical politics and movements of his time? I share his life as he describes it, as a “chronology of changes”, presenting a view of Malcolm’s life and the changes he underwent, as well as the relevance of his social, political, and even spiritual thought. The challenge is to take Malcolm X, all of him, and present this information in an accessible manner.

This program is part of the Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf.  This program will deal with the topic being Muslim America through the life of Malcolm X.  The Muslim Journeys project presents to the American public resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.  The Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf is presented via the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Malik el Shabazz (Malcolm X) is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Nebraska Humanities Speakers’ Bureau.  The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers, and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers’ bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organizations in Nebraska.  Each program lasts 30 minutes to one hour, plus a question and answer session.
The most frequent users of the HN Speakers’ Bureau are primary and secondary schools, agencies, colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations, and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers’ Bureau programs in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access their website (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508,  phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852, or email

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