George Wells Parker (1882-1931) was an important voice for Black pride, self-determination and Afrocentrism in North Omaha in a period when the Near North Side was extremely segregated, Omaha was extremely racist and the city plainly didn’t want to change.
Parker was 34-years-old when he started recruiting African Americans from the South to move to Omaha, in 1916. In 1918, he wrote an important book called Children of the Sun. Working for The Monitor newspaper, he left and started his own paper called The New Era in 1922. During that same time period he founded the Hamitic League of the World, an organization promoting Afrocentrism, which eventually evolved into the African Blood Brotherhood.
He died at age 49, and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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- George Wells Parker on Wikipedia