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Black History Month celebration at Lincoln’s Malone Community Center

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A local community center celebrated Black History Month with a series of activities for Black Expo attendees.

Black art was on display at the Black Expo inside the Malone Community Center. Film exhibits, shopping and a special awards ceremony for those who have contributed to the Lincoln community where just a few activities on the agenda.

Event organizer and program director, Ishma Yusaf Valenti, shared why this fair is different from other Black History Month gatherings.

“We celebrate black history, and not in the way so many people do on a repetitive basis. Where every year for a month you do a little bit of Martin Luther King,” Valenti said. “We introduce really important people in African history and we always make sure that we celebrate the best of our past, the best of where we come from, and we love to spread that information to everyone.”

Eleven-year-old Braeden Banks from Lincoln visited the Black Expo today. She said she was excited to come with her grandmother to celebrate her culture and continue to learn about her story.

“I wanted to look at the Black History Month artifacts because it’s almost the end of Black History Month. The music and the paintings are really beautiful,” Banks said.

The paintings Braeden mentions are by local artist Jevon Woods, who works out of a studio in Lincoln’s Haymarket.

He paints everything from prominent hip hop figures like slain rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle to the black power fist known for black pride and solidarity.

Event organizer Valenti wants everyone to know that the Malone Center offers various programs and everyone is welcome.

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