Hi, my name is Adam and I’m a white guy who grew up in North Omaha. While I was growing up, my mentors included Idu Maduli and Von Trimble, Sr. and Rev. Helen Saunders, as well as many other people. These caring, concerned adults made sure I knew that the community’s history was more than what I learned at North High School or McMillan Junior High, or from the Omaha World-Herald and other media. They taught me about things, people, events, places and organizations that mattered to African American history in Omaha, as well as Omaha’s history in general and national history.

Omaha Black History Articles

Following are some of the articles I’ve researched and written related directly to Black history in Omaha. Doing this, I’ve learned that Black history is everyone’s history, because it affects everyone. However, I was taught it is important to acknowledge its power and purpose on its own, too.


African Americans in Omaha

  1. Fast Facts About African Americans in Omaha
  2. African American Firsts in Omaha
  3. African American Politics

Civil Rights, Black Power and Social Justice in Omaha

  1. Omaha Civil Rights Movement
  2. Timeline of Race and Racism
  3. Redlining
  4. Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Liberties, or 4CL
  5. Mob Terrorism in Omaha
  6. Black Association for Nationalism Through Unity (BANTU)
  7. Omaha DePorres Club
  8. Omaha’s Black Panthers
  9. Omaha Urban League, Urban League of Nebraska
  10. NAACP Youth Council
  11. Omaha NAACP Chapter
  12. Emancipation Day and Juneteenth in Omaha

Notable African Americans in Omaha

  1. Omaha’s Malcolm X Day
  2. David Rice and Ed Poindexter
  3. Ernie Chambers
  4. Rev. Dr. John Albert Williams
  5. Lucinda Williams nee Lucy Gamble
  6. North Omaha Riots
  7. Murdering Vivian Strong
  8. Lynching George Smith
  9. Jack Johnson
  10. Clarence Wigington
  11. Community Leaders
  12. Framed: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two Story” a series by Michael Richardson
  13. Eugene Skinner
  14. Mildred Brown
  15. Dan Desdunes
  16. Dr. Marguerita Washington
  17. ‘Cap’ Clarence Wigington
  18. Historic Crime Bosses
  19. An Unsolved Murder in North Omaha
  20. Malcolm X Park
  21. Malcolm X Birthsite
  22. Malcolm X Day
  23. Beverly Blackburn
  24. Elizabeth Pittman
  25. Silas Robbins

Politics

  1. North Omaha’s African American Legislators
  2. Justin Wayne
  3. Tanya Cook
  4. Brenda Council
  5. Ernie Chambers
  6. George Althouse
  7. Edward Danner
  8. Rev. John Adams, Sr.
  9. John Adams, Jr.
  10. Johnny Owens
  11. Dr. Aaron McMillan
  12. Ferdinand Barnett
  13. Dr. John A. Singleton, DDS
  14. Dr. Matthew Ricketts

Nonprofits, Churches and Social Clubs

  1. Historic Black Churches in North Omaha
  2. Beverly Blackburn and the JFK Rec Center
  3. Near North YMCA
  4. The Elks Hall and Iroquois Lodge #92
  5. Colored Old Folks Home
  6. Zion Baptist Church
  7. Druid Hall and the Prince Hall Masons
  8. Gene Eppley North Omaha Boys Club
  9. St. Benedict’s Church and the Bryant Resource Center
  10. Run, Johnny Run Youth Center
  11. Midwest Athletic Club
  12. Negro Women’s Christian Association
  13. Omaha Colored Commercial Club
  14. JFK Rec Center
  15. Negro Women’s Christian Association of Omaha, aka Near North Side YWCA
  16. Wesley House
  17. St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church

Public Places

  1. Spencer Street Public Housing Projects
  2. Logan Fontenelle Public Housing Projects
  3. North 24 Street, aka “The Deuce”
  4. Segregated Schools in Omaha
  5. Tech High School 
  6. The Old Carter Lake
  7. Malcolm X Memorial Park aka Kountze Park
  8. North High School
  9. Monmouth Park School
  10. Lake School

Black Businesses and Money

  1. Black-Owned Hotels
  2. Skeet’s Barbeque
  3. African American Newspapers
  4. KOWH, North Omaha’s Black-Owned Radio Station
  5. The Omaha Star
  6. Bus Garage/Streetcar Shop at North 26th and Lake Streets
  7. Fair Deal Cafe – Omaha’s “Black City Hall”
  8. Reeds Ice Cream at North 24th and Wirt
  9. Carter Lake Amusement Park
  10. Live Wire Cafe
  11. King Solomon’s Mines
  12. Carter’s Cafe
  13. Tic Toc Diner
  14. Blue Lion Center
  15. Carnation Ballroom
  16. Provident Hospital
  17. Jim Bell’s Club Harlem
  18. The Stage II Lounge

Historic African American Neighborhoods in Omaha

  1. Kellom Heights
  2. 24th Street
  3. Near North Side
  4. 24th and Lake Historic District
  5. 24th and Lake
  6. Kountze Place
  7. 30th and Ames
  8. Saratoga
  9. 16th and Locust
  10. 20th and Lake

Other Topics

  1. Bertha Calloway’s talent shows
  2. The Show Wagon in the parks
  3. The popcorn man
  4. The hot tamale man
  5. Negro baseball teams
  6. Carter Lake Ballroom
  7. Lothrop Theater
  8. Ames Theater
  9. The Ritz Theater
  10. The Bookmobile
  11. Street corner doo-wop groups in North O
  12. Kellogg’s Gas Station on North 24 Street
  13. Phillips Gas Station on 30th Street
  14. Goodwin’s Barbershop at 24th and Spencer
  15. McDonalds at North 24th and Cuming
  16. Hinky-Dinky Store at 24th and Lake Street
  17. Kellom Swimming Pool
  18. Former Charles Street Public Housing Projects
  19. Safeway Stores
  20. Pigley Wigley Stores
  21. The Snack Stop
  22. Merritt Drug Store at North 24th and Charles Street
  23. The record store at North 24th and Charles Street
  24. The Ritz Cab Company
  25. “Jit-Nies” underground cabs
  26. Cross Town Pawn Shop
  27. Fried Fish Sandwiches at North 24th and Spencer Street
  28. Tastee Freeze on North 30th Street
  29. Hilltop Public Housing Projects
  30. The Christ Child Center talent shows
  31. YWCA dances
  32. Metoyers Bar-B-Ques
  33. Off-Beat Club at North 24th and Lake
  34. Allens’ Showcase Lounge at North 24th and Lake Streets
  35. Tully’s Clothing Store
  36. Storz Beer Company on North 16th Street
  37. Cross Town Bar
  38. Bali -Hi Bar at North 24th and Charles
  39. Voyal Watson
  40. Corby Park
  41. Dreamland Ballroom
  42. CoCa-Cola Plant at North 30th and Spencer
  43. Green Hill (aka Bedford Hill) on North 30th Street
  44. Lothrop Drug Store at North 24th & Lothrop Streets
  45. Slim Jenkins Place dances at North 16th and Lothrop
  46. Teen Holiday dances at North 24th & Corby Streets
  47. Mr. Corbin’s Popsicles
  48. Parades
  49. Dog House Bar on North 16th Street

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I am the editor of NorthOmahaHistory.com, the author of North Omaha History Volumes 1, 2 & 3, and the host of the North Omaha History Podcast.

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