North Omaha

Black History in Omaha

Black history in Omaha is too long and vast to be summarized easily. Here’s a collection of my articles related to the history of African Americans in Omaha.

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 celebrates Black history all year long. celebrates Black history all year long.

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. When I share these on social media, I use the tag #omahablackhistory.

Summary Articles about African Americans in Omaha

  1. Fast Facts About African Americans in Omaha
  2. African American Firsts in Omaha
  3. African American Politics
  4. Businesses Owned by African Americans in Omaha
  5. Notable African American Women in Omaha

Civil Rights, Black Power and Social Justice in Omaha

  1. Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Liberties, or 4CL
  2. Black Association for Nationalism Through Unity (BANTU)
  3. Omaha DePorres Club
  4. Omaha’s Black Panthers
  5. Omaha Urban League, Urban League of Nebraska
  6. NAACP Youth Council
  7. Omaha NAACP Chapter
  8. Emancipation Day and Juneteenth in Omaha
  9. Lake-Charles Community Organization

Significant Black History Events in Omaha

  1. Omaha Civil Rights Movement
  2. The Murder of Vivian Strong
  3. The Lynching of George Smith
  4. The Lynching of Will Brown
  5. Mob Terrorism in Omaha
  6. Timeline of Race and Racism
  7. Redlining
  8. North Omaha Riots
  9. Jack Johnson Riots
  10. An Unsolved Murder in North Omaha
  11. Framed: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two Story” a series by Michael Richardson
  12. Omaha’s “Black Mayor”

Black Community Leaders in Omaha

  1. Community Leaders
  2. A Biography of Malcolm X in Omaha
  3. Beverly Blackburn
  4. Elizabeth Pittman
  5. Silas Robbins
  6. George Wells Parker
  7. Rev. Dr. John Albert Williams
  8. Mondo we Langa (David Rice) and Edward Poindexter
  9. Eugene Skinner
  10. Mildred Brown
  11. Dan Desdunes
  12. Lucinda Williams
  13. Dr. Marguerita Washington
  14. ‘Cap’ Clarence Wigington
  15. Dr. Rodney S. Wead
  16. Harry Buford, Jack Broomfield, and Billy Crutchfield
  17. Harrison J. Pinkett
  18. Anna R. Woodbey
  19. Jessie Hale-Moss
  20. Nathaniel Hunter
  21. Bertha Calloway

Black Business People in Omaha

  1. George P. Johnson
  2. Helen Mahammitt
  3. Alfred Jones

Black Politics in Omaha

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

Black Nonprofits in Omaha

  1. Beverly Blackburn and the JFK Rec Center
  2. Near North YMCA
  3. Colored Old Folks Home
  4. Gene Eppley North Omaha Boys Club
  5. Bryant Resource Center
  6. Run, Johnny Run Youth Center
  7. Omaha Colored Commercial Club
  8. Negro Women’s Christian Association of Omaha, aka Near North Side YWCA
  9. Wesley House

Black Sports in Omaha History

  1. Omaha Rockets Independent Black Baseball Team

Black Hospitals in Omaha History

  1. Segregated Hospitals in Omaha
  2. People’s Hospital
  3. Salvation Army Women’s Hospital
  4. Provident Hospital

Black Movie Theaters in Omaha History

  1. Diamond Theater
  2. Lothrop Theater
  3. Ames Theater
  4. The Ritz Theater
  5. Alhambra Theater

Black Entertainment Spaces in Omaha History

  1. Carnation Ballroom
  2. Dreamland Ballroom
  3. The Off-Beat
  4. King Solomon’s Mines
  5. Jim Bell’s Club Harlem
  6. Allens’ Showcase Lounge
  7. The Stage II Lounge

Black Social Halls and Clubs in Omaha History

  1. Druid Hall and the Prince Hall Masons
  2. The Elks Hall and Iroquois Lodge #92
  3. Midwest Athletic Club

Black Churches in Omaha History

  1. Historic Black Churches in North Omaha
  2. Zion Baptist Church
  3. St. Benedict’s Church
  4. St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church
  5. Mount Moriah Baptist Church
  6. Bethel AME Church
  7. Cleaves Temple CME
  8. Hillside Presbyterian Church
  9. New Bethel COGIC
  10. Mt. Calvary Community Church
  11. Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church

Black Public Places in Omaha History

  1. North 24 Street, aka “The Deuce”
  2. Segregated Schools in Omaha
  3. Tech High School 
  4. The Old Carter Lake
  5. Malcolm X Memorial Park aka Kountze Park
  6. North High School
  7. Monmouth Park School
  8. Lake School
  9. Howard Kennedy School
  10. A History of Public Housing in North Omaha
  11. Spencer Street Public Housing Projects
  12. Logan Fontenelle Public Housing Projects
  13. Hilltop Public Housing Projects
  14. Pleasantview Public Housing Projects
  15. Kellom Swimming Pool

Black Businesses and Spending in Omaha History

  1. Black-Owned Hotels
  2. Skeet’s Barbeque
  3. KOWH, North Omaha’s Black-Owned Radio Station
  4. Bus Garage/Streetcar Shop at North 26th and Lake Streets
  5. Carter Lake Amusement Park
  6. Blue Lion Center
  7. Carter Bank – Carter Savings and Loan Association
  8. Webster Telephone Exchange Building,

Black Newspapers in Omaha History

  1. African American Newspapers
    1. The Omaha Star
    2. The Monitor
    3. The New Era
    4. Lake Charles Action
    5. Omaha Whip

Black Restaurants, Diners and Cafes in Omaha History

  1. Carter’s Cafe
  2. Tic Toc Diner
  3. Live Wire Cafe
  4. Reeds Ice Cream
  5. Fair Deal Cafe – Omaha’s “Black City Hall”
  6. Hillcrest

Historic Black Neighborhoods in Omaha History

  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 Omaha Black History 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. The Bookmobile
  8. Street corner doo-wop groups in North O
  9. Kellogg’s Gas Station on North 24 Street
  10. Phillips Gas Station on 30th Street
  11. Goodwin’s Barbershop at 24th and Spencer
  12. McDonalds at North 24th and Cuming
  13. Hinky-Dinky Store at 24th and Lake Street
  14. Former Charles Street Public Housing Projects
  15. Safeway Stores
  16. Pigley Wigley Stores
  17. The Snack Stop
  18. Merritt Drug Store at North 24th and Charles Street
  19. The record store at North 24th and Charles Street
  20. The Ritz Cab Company
  21. “Jit-Nies” underground cabs
  22. Cross Town Pawn Shop
  23. Fried Fish Sandwiches at North 24th and Spencer Street
  24. Tastee Freeze on North 30th Street
  25. The Christ Child Center talent shows
  26. Metoyers Bar-B-Ques
  27. Tully’s Clothing Store
  28. Storz Beer Company on North 16th Street
  29. Crosstown Bar
  30. Bali -Hi Bar at North 24th and Charles
  31. Voyal Watson
  32. Corby Park
  33. CoCa-Cola Plant at North 30th and Spencer
  34. Green Hill (aka Bedford Hill) on North 30th Street
  35. Lothrop Drug Store at North 24th & Lothrop Streets
  36. Slim Jenkins Place dances at North 16th and Lothrop
  37. Teen Holiday dances at North 24th & Corby Streets
  38. Mr. Corbin’s Popsicles
  39. Parades
  40. Dog House Bar on North 16th Street

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