HISTORICAL LANDMARKS Charles B. Washington Branch
How did Charles Washington unite his work and service to the community in pursuit
of the same set of goals?
A Voice for North Omaha.
Research compiled by: Patrick N., Devin B., and Jordan B.
This is a picture of the Omaha Star located in Omaha on 2216 North 24th Street. It was established in 1938. In this old building, journalists published and wrote stories about the African American community. This is where Charles B. Washington worked as a journalist during the civil rights era.
This newspaper article is a prime example of how the Omaha community looked at Washington. The article is an interview with him about interactions he had with people in the community. The title selection describes Washington and state senator Ernie Chambers as ‘Tree Shakers,” comparing their advocacy style to the act of shaking trees violently, trying to make whatever is at the top fall.
Photograph courtesy of Charles B Washington Branch Library
Charles B. Washington was not only a civil rights activists and a journalist, he was also a mentor for young adults. Washington supported his students with financial aid if they couldn’t provide it for themselves. In this picture, Washington is enjoying the time that he is spending with young adults. Washington has a book, and it looks like he just taught the young adults.
Photograph courtesy of memories.ne.gov