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A Street of Dreams

African American patrons of a drug store on N. 24th Street in the 1940s.

As this blog tells repeatedly, the history of North Omaha is richer, deeper and more meaningful than anyone gives it credit for. In 1994, NET helped reveal some of this history through a powerful documentary called “A Street of Dreams.” From their website:

From 1994. Throughout its history, Omaha’s near north side has been the neighborhood that succeeding generations of immigrants have moved into and moved out of eventually, until protective real estate practices forced blacks to stay. The history of the community includes lynching,riots and discrimination. It also includes a vibrant community with jazz and shops and entrepreneurs. With the recent emphasis on multicultural education, this program tells an important, but little-known story of Nebraska history.

I encourage everyone to watch this video, especially young people and adults who are interested in building the city’s appreciation of North Omaha. Luckily, you can now watch the entire thing online RIGHT HERE!

http://netnebraska.org/media/iframe.php?vidgroup=HL631&w=600&h=337&bin=NET

Let me know what you think about the video in the comments section below!

3 replies on “A Street of Dreams”

I grew up in Northeast Omaha and didn’t know the history of the 24th and Lake Street area. My family lived on 41st and Lake until moving to Fontenelle Blvd in 1968. I’m thankful for the opportunity to watch “A Street of Dreams”. I believe it is important to educate all Americans about the history of black people. It sickens me that it is not taught in schools. Again, thank you for posting this video.

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I grew up in Northeast Omaha and didn’t know the history of the 24th and Lake Street area. My family lived on 41st and Lake until moving to Fontenelle Blvd in 1968. I’m thankful for the opportunity to watch “A Street of Dreams”. I believe it is important to educate all Americans about the history of black people. It sickens me that it is not taught in schools. Again, thank you for posting this video.

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