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.
More about Malcolm X, including celebrations in Omaha and other parts:
3 thoughts on “M to the M: Happy Birthday, Ancestor Malcolm X: Omaha’s Malcolm to Monty”
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.
Wow. He told lots of folk that he would be killed. Your memory is important to the overall story. Thank you.
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” >