Research compiled by: Deziree R., Jennifer B., Jontayvia S.
Peony Park was a popular recreation site near 76th and Cass with an amusement park and a large sandy beach swimming facility. In the summer of 1963 the NAACP Youth Council competently fought the discriminatory practice of excluding blacks from the swimming area. The group organized non-violent protests until justice was served. One of the things they did was to keep their cars in the only entrance to the park, thus backing up the lines, causing others to not be admitted. Archie Godfrey, former president of the Youth Council said that protection was always an important factor when doing these non-violent protests. As a safety precaution the youth decided it would be best to get the media there, so anything that happened would be caught on film. With the help of Rudy Smith, the first black photographer for the Omaha World-Herald, they were able to accomplish that.
Zion Baptist Church is located at 22nd and Grant. Its minister in 1963 was one of the founding leaders of the 4CL