Malcolm X was born in Omaha in 1925. He was driven from Nebraska as a small child after racist violence against his family. But nothing can change the fact that he was born in Nebraska. This seems to give Nebraska an iconic status to everybody in the world except Nebraskans, if you let the Historical Society selection committee tell it.
Nebraskans possess a strong sense of community and identity. Malcolm X has had a profoundly positive impact within a wide variety of communities and people of various demographics and backgrounds identify with his legacy.
The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established almost 50 years ago to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans. As native Nebraskans, transplanted Nebraskans, new residents and visitors from around the globe remind us, one very prominent Nebraskan has been overlooked. Malcolm X should join the remarkable group of Nebraskans, whose legacy remains a source of state pride and inspiration.