The Clyde Malone Community Center was founded in 1955 through a reorganization of
the Lincoln Urban League (the League). Initially founded during a time in our
history when civil rights for African Americans were extremely limited, the League
founders, both black and white, were determined to improve social and economic
conditions and increase understanding between all races. They believed that
enhanced understanding between all groups of people would create a better
community. For decades the Malone Center has served neighboring families, youth,
seniors and the Lincoln community with inclusive "social, cultural, education,
employment and welfare" services.
The mission of the Clyde Malone Community Center is to serve Lincoln's diverse and
evolving community though an inclusive and empowering environment that fosters
cultural, educational, and humanitarian opportunities.
Malone Center is the only community center in Lincoln that serves a predominately
African American audience (about 65% of patrons) and it remains a resource for
African American culture and history in our community. The Center is located in a
diversely populated north central area of the city. According to census data
approximately one third of Lincoln's racial ethnic minority population resides
within the neighborhoods served by Malone Center.
While the Center offers many culturally specific services, our programming is
available to all community members regardless of race or other social status. Our
priority programming focus is youth development. Malone Center views the challenges
of its constituents as opportunities to strengthen children and families. The
Center remains committed to meeting basic needs and providing services to enhance
the quality of life among all Lincoln residents.
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