The Mexican American (Chicano) Movement was the last social movement. It
occurred in 1968. A new generation of young people (high school and
college students) were the ones who fought for equal rights for
education, voting, political and land rights.
For more information click here, Chicano Movement
Dorothy Eure, Lerlean Johnson
Ms. Eure and Ms. Johnson fought for civil rights for African Americans
and worked to integrate the Omaha Public Schools and bring African
American teachers to the District.
For more information click here, Dorothy Eure and Lerlean Johnson
North Omaha, Military Service, Vietnam
America began taking direct military action in Vietnam in 1964 and ended
the draft and signed peace accords in 1973. North Vietnam and South
Vietnam were at war over the issue of communism. This conflict was a
continuation of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.
The United States supported South Vietnam because it was non-communist.
This controversial conflict created tension in the United States, which
coincided with social, political, and racial unrest. The United States
military drafted many African Americans to fight in Vietnam. This
website celebrates the lives and contributions of Omaha’s Black Vietnam
For more information click here, Military Service: Vietnam
In WWII, Japanese American students education was interrupted when they were place in Japanese Internment Camps. UNL was one of only a few schools in the country who allowed these students to attend.
For more information click here, Nisei Plaza
Art and Music
South Omaha has traditionally been infused with the vibrancy of new
immigration waves. Music and Art have always played an important role
in presenting the expression of the people and their culture.
This site seeks to highlight their contributions to their community.
For more information click here, Arts and Music
Omahas business district is a vibrant community. Various immigrants have
called the neighborhood home and shaped this community.
For more information click here, Local Business
Throughout its history South Omaha has been made up of a quilt of
Catholic parishes corresponding to tightly-knit ethnic neighborhoods.
For South Os early Latino population the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
was the centerpiece of the immigrant community, meeting in private
houses, a bakery, and a storefront until it found a permanent home in
1950. Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has served as an advocate,
community center, and spiritual home for many Omaha Latinos even as the
community has outgrown the parish to include Spanish language masses
across the city.
For more information click here, Religion
Dr. LaFlesche Picotte
1889, Susan LaFlesche Picotte became the first Native American female
doctor in the United States. Throughout her life she worked to support
the survival of the Omaha Tribe when they were struggling to maintain
their rights and resist oppression from the U.S. government. Although
she was a woman and was expected to stay in the home, she remained
dedicated to being a strong public voice for her people.
For more information click here, Dr. LaFlesche Picotte
What is a way to bring communities together? A way to take your mind of
your problems? It is not music, it is not technology, religion, or
education but SPORTS! Many famous athletes have come from the South
Omaha area proving that a big city is not required to proving a big
For more information click here, Sports
Violent Civil War has been a reality for many South Sudanese citizens
for decades. In the mid 1980's the conflict started to turn, the South
Sudanese People’s Liberation Army fought against the Northern Sudanese
Army. Southern Sudanese citizens fled to refugee camps to save their
lives. Many refugees were eventually resettled in the United States.
Omaha, NE eventually became the largest resettlement location in the
United States. Refugees came to Omaha in search of a better life. Omaha
offers career opportunities, affordable living, and an already
established Sudanese community to join. While in Omaha many refugees
face challenges adapting to their new lives. Some of these challenges
include learning English, finding employment, and developing a new
identity in the states. The Southern Sudanese Community Association
provides training and education for refugees in Omaha. Since their
establishment in 1997 they have served over 1,311 Southern Sudanese
families. Many refugees feel that though this journey has been rough it
is one that is worth it for the sake of their families. They are hopeful
Omaha will someday feel like home.
For more information click here, Sudanese Immigrants