The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) will host an online Social Justice event to honor civil rights leader Malcolm X's birthday Tuesday, May 19. The free event will be from 11 a.m. to noon at facebook.com/LCHRNebraska and feature performances and a discussion about hope, positivity and Malcolm X's contributions to society.
The event schedule includes:
Pete Ferguson, Youth Development Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools, will introduce the MLK Youth Rally Group, discuss its significance at LPS and answer questions.
The MLK Youth Rally "Walk Together" Undefeated Scholar group are 10 Belmont Elementary School students who will perform a powerful rendition of the poem/book "The Undefeated" by Kwame Alexander / Kadir Nelson.
The McPherson Brothers from Omaha Public Schools are talented violinists and composers who will share original music and a visual presentation commemorating Will Brown, the last known person to have been lynched in Nebraska. The McPherson Brothers recently won the Second Annual High School Martin Luther King, Jr. "Living the Dream" Original Social Justice Music, Poetry & Dance Competition, sponsored by the Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department, a partner organization of LCHR.
A live message of hope and positivity from Wesley Hamilton, founder of Disabled But Not Really, an organization providing equal access to the underserved disabled community through programs that focus on fitness, wellness, and mental health.
Hamilton and the two youth groups were originally scheduled to appear at this year's LCHR Civil Rights Conference in April that was canceled due to the pandemic. Hamilton's keynote address has been rescheduled for the next conference April 21, 2021.
This event is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department and the City of Lincoln.