Press and Newspapers
Throughout our history, African-Americans have struggled to be treated
fairly and to be free. Segregation and discrimination followed
African-Americans as they moved from the South to the North during the
20th century, leading to the fight for civil rights. African-American
newspapers in Omaha provided a voice, during the period of the Great
Migration African-American newspapers like the Omaha Monitor, worked to
get the truth out about discrimination and racial injustice. Between WWI
and WWII, African-American newspapers, such as the Omaha Guide, strove
to show African-Americans in a positive light, and continued to promote
movement North for new opportunities. In the post WWII era, civil unrest
shaped many African-Americans communities. Newspapers like the Omaha
Star provided a strong and positive voice for the African-American
community, fought for civil rights, promoted the good within, and
encouraged people to make a difference.
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North Omaha, Music
Jazz played an important part in the history of North Omaha. Preston
Love once said, "If New York, Chicago, and Kansas City were the major
leagues of jazz, Omaha was the Triple-A.” Omaha was a stop for many of
the top jazz musicans in the nation from the 1920s to the 1960s. The
thriving jazz culture also gave birth to many great native Omahan
musicans. Most African American jazz musicians were not allowed to play
with the white musicians, those wanting to hear them were very limited
on where they could go. Because of this, the Dreamland Ballroom at 24th
and Grant Streets became the popular destination for lovers of jazz
music in Omaha. The Dreamland Ballroom was where most famous African
American jazz musicians played, giving members of the community a chance
to experience the energy and excitement of the era.
Click here for more information, Music of North Omaha
Arts and Culture
Traditions, arts, and culture play large roles in the daily lives of
Native Americans. Despite suffering cultural suppression, pacification,
and assimilation, contemporary Native Americans are attempting cultural
revitalization. Learn about changes in arts and culture between the past
and the present and how traditions are kept alive.
For more information click here, Arts and Culture
Mr. Washington was known as the "Godfather of North Omaha" because of his dedication to and advocacy for his neigborhood.
For more information click here, Charles B. Washington
Modern Civil Rights
Activism is the actions taken to create social change. We examined the
events at specific places and began to understand the importance of
location to social justice for Native Americans. The Red Power Movement
was about Native Americans civil rights and regaining sovereignty. We
focused on three events: Trail of Broken Treaties, the Occupation of
Wounded Knee, and the Blackbird Bend Litigation.
For more information click here, Modern Civil Rights
North Omaha, The Great Migration
In the early 1900s, African-Americans sought a better life in the North.
Jim Crow Laws in the South reinforced segregation and discrimination.
Agricultural problems also made it difficult for African-Americans to
make a living in the South. African-Americans migrated to Omaha seeking
better jobs. Labor recruiters, northern newspapers that were sent south,
and simple word of mouth helped to keep a steady flow of
African-American workers coming north during WWI. African-Americans
often migrated north on trains or buses, traveling with limited
possessions, but filled with hope for a better life. African-Americans
in Omaha settled first in South Omaha for the packing jobs. Then they
moved to the north part because of available housing and because they
could own their own businesses. North Omaha quickly became the heart of
the African-American community.
For more information, click here, The Great Migration
North Omaha, Church History
church has been very important to the African-American community. In
North Omaha, the church has been a source of spiritual motivation by
providing Sunday morning services, Bible study, and Vacation Bible
School. Churches also serve the community by feeding the hungry, housing
the homeless, providing college scholarships and job training services,
serving in the Civil Rights Movement, and a variety of other services.
When looking through African-American history in North Omaha, the church
can be found at the center of all other aspects.
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Hollis Stabler received numerous awards: four bronze stars, one silver
and the purple heart. He also got the Omaha name Na-shin-tia, meaning
slow to rise. Hollis fought in Morocco, Tunisia, Silicy and Anzio.
This page is dedicated to Native American Veterans like Hollis Stabler.
For more information click here, Military
Early Civil Rights
Native Americans had many struggles in their fight for human rights. This site focuses on their early struggle for justice.
For more information click here, Early Civil Rights
Through the years, Native American education has evolved. At present,
it takes traditions of the past and intertwines them with hopes for the
future. This webpage takes a journey from traditional native teachings,
through Indian boarding schools, and into today’s native educational
opportunities. Interviews from Mr. Rudi Mitchell and Ms. Tami Maldonado
accompany archival photographs and historical research.
For more information click here, Education