M to the M: Happy Birthday, Ancestor Malcolm X: Omaha’s Malcolm to Monty

Monty also appeared in various roles in the 1992 Malcolm X movie co-produced by his college buddy, Spike Lee and others.

May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in my hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. In some ways, man who joined the ancestors, Malcolm X, passed a torch of truth, civility, courage, creativity and leadership to “homeboy” Monty Ross, award-winning and yet, unsung filmmaker.

Hands-down the best commercial movie depicting the life of Malcolm was co-produced by Monty during his years as an executive with New York-based Forty Acres and a Mule, founded by Spike Lee.

Monty and I grew up in the same Nebraska city and graduated from the same Georgia college. We remain close friends today.

In honor of Malcolm’s birthday, learn more about Monty who is an unsung hero, wise man and superior creative producer, editor, director, teacher in the filmmaking business. Below is a piece in 1988 that I wrote for our hometown magazine.

Happy birthday, Ancestor Malcolm. Happy birthday to my twin children, John and Jocelyn Kimbrough, and to my cousins, Lori Owen and Lisa Lewis. May 19 is a big day in our lives.

“Malcolm X” — the movie was co-produced by Filmmaker Monty Ross, born in same hometown as Malcolm X.
It was my honor to write this article about Monty Ross, my college classmate, hometown buddy and unsung hero. #Omaha

More about Malcolm X, including celebrations in Omaha and other parts:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ProudtobefromNorthOmaha/permalink/4005126076202873

https://www.facebook.com/MisterBlakk

https://www.facebook.com/MalcolmXOfficial

Author: Learning family histories

Our genealogy traces our family from western and central Africa and western Europe. Our ancestors entered the United States at the Virginia and Georgia Ports. First cousins Mark Owen and Ann Lineve Wead (it is protocol to use the maiden names of females in genealogy searches) are responsible for writing this blog. Although Ann has been involved in genealogy research while searching for certain ancestors since the age of 10, the cousins began deeper research of their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic Year of 2020. Devoting as much as 6 hours some evenings to the methodical training and research of genealogy, the cousins completed the year 2020 by earning genealogy certificates. Join us. Sign up for our blog and enjoy the journey.

3 thoughts on “M to the M: Happy Birthday, Ancestor Malcolm X: Omaha’s Malcolm to Monty”

  1. Thanks so very much. One of the highlights in my life was when Charlie Washington took me to the Omaha Convention Center to hear Minister Malcolm X. Large security present. He told Charlie that he knew he would be killed soon.
    Angie Wead/Mom

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  2. Excellent piece. Angie/Mom

    On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 8:12 PM Wead Write Away and Genealogy by Ann wrote:

    > Learning family histories posted: ” Monty also appeared in various roles > in the 1992 Malcolm X movie co-produced by his college buddy, Spike Lee and > others. May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in my > hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. In some ways, man who joined the anc” >

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