One of the most powerful documentaries to ever be made in Omaha is called A Time For Burning. Nominated for an Academy Award for documentary filmmaking in 1966, the film highlights then-barber/future Nebraska legislator Ernie Chambers. A graduate of the Creighton University Law School, he was elected Senator to the Nebraska Legislature in 1970. By 2005 he had become the longest-serving state Senator in the history of Nebraska.
This is a powerful clip from the film featuring Chambers talking with the minister of a Lutheran church who was trying to integrate his congregation. Learn more about the film.
- A History of Racism in Omaha
- A History of Redlining in Omaha
- A History of Omaha’s Black African Nationalism Through Unity
- A History of Omaha’s Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Liberties, or 4CL
- A History of African American Politics in North Omaha
- Ernie Chambers
- A History of the North Omaha Riots
- Remembering North Omaha’s Vivian Strong
- Omaha’s Ropes on Fire: The Lynching of Joe Coe
- Jack Johnson and North Omaha
- A History of Community Leaders in North Omaha