Wednesday, December 9, 2009



A brief history in photographs and an introduction to the

African Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska The McWilliams family is important to the history of African Americans in Lincoln, Nebraska. Trago McWilliams was a founding member of the Urban League of Lincoln. HISTORY The Clyde Malone Community Center originated under the auspices of the National Urban League, and was originally named the Urban League-Lincoln. The branch formed in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1932, but first received its articles of incorporation from the State of Nebraska as a private non-profit social service and social work agency and community center in 1937. A number of the city’s middle class African American families were instrumental in founding the center. The organizers included the Reverend Trago McWilliams, O.J. Burckhardt, William Woods and son Millard T. Woods, Clyde Malone, and Arthur Weatherly. First Site The League’s first home was in a house at 1946 S Street, and it became a center of recreation, self-improvement clubs, and politics, as well as a venue for weddings, recitals and many of events that were significant in the lives of neighborhood families. Culture and Tradition Luther and Ida Allen belonged to Lebanon Lodge #3 in 1929. A Mutual Aid Community Center The M.C. C. archives contain information about the day to day achievements and challenges faced by the center’s staff, successful community events, mutual aid initiatives, and a wealth of information on local families, as well news of race relations between community members and the white majority population. MALONE YOUTH PLAY AT THE CENTER’S INDOOR AND OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS SUMMER DAYCAMP

A New Home
Philanthropy of the city’s upper income business owners and community labor provided funds for the construction of a new Urban League building at 2030 T Street in 1941.
Community Life
The Center has always provided activities for all ages and genders.
Community Youth have benefited from the Center’s clubs, classes, and mentoring. Sometimes, however, neighborhood youth have felt the need to express themselves about the conditions of life in Lincoln for African American teenagers.
Photo by LJc. 1960’s.
Civil Rights
Reverend Everett Reynolds and Leola Bullock lead a protest down the streets of Lincoln, Nebraska in solidarity with activists around the nation in protest of the killing of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. (LJ, 1963).
Board of Trustees
Gerald Henderson (top, standing) served at one time as an employee of the Malone Center. He later became a Member of the Board of Trustees, and later still as President of the Board. Henderson is pictured here in the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda.
(Below) Board Members at work.
Matthew Stelley (L)
Essie Burden (M)
Sen. Kerry .
John Reed (M)
(Above ) Rev. Jesse Jackson
(Below) Rally On The Steps Of The State Capitol
Children’s Choir and heritage cake.
Lincoln Children Outside Of Sunday School, By Renowned Photographer John Johnson
Former Executive Director Clyde Malone.
Malone Center
(top) Then.
(Bottom) Now.
Some Malone Center executive directors have emphasized advocacy, encouraging staff to help community members further their interests with respect to the larger city. Others have highlighted the recreational or social service functions of the center.
The Malone Center continues many of its traditions in the new millennium.
Tyre J. McDowell, Jr., is the center’s Executive Director today.
Malone Center 2009
Here is the Clyde Malone Community Center as it looks today in 2009.
Many former residents have relocated to other parts of the city due to "urban renewal." For them the Center’s Archives are of vital importance and support the Malone Neighborhood alumni.