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Omaha Black History

Following are some of the articles I’ve researched and written related directly to Black history in Omaha. When I share these on social media, I use the tag #omahablackhistory. See the author’s note at the end of this article for additional details.

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
  6. Black Schools in Omaha
  7. Black Hotels 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. Black Businesspeople in Omaha
  2. George P. Johnson
  3. Helen Mahammitt
  4. Alfred Jones
  5. Jim Bell
  6. James Jewell and Jimmy Jewell, Jr.
  7. Paul B. Allen
  8. Charlie Hall

Black Politics in Omaha

  1. People from North Omaha History
  2. North Omaha’s African American Legislators
  3. Omaha’s “Black Mayor”
  4. Justin Wayne
  5. Tanya Cook
  6. Brenda Council
  7. Ernie Chambers
  8. George Althouse
  9. Edward Danner
  10. Rev. John Adams, Sr.
  11. John Adams, Jr.
  12. Johnny Owens
  13. Dr. Aaron McMillan
  14. Ferdinand Barnett
  15. Dr. John A. Singleton, DDS
  16. Dr. Matthew Ricketts
  17. Edwin R. Overall
  18. 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
  2. Omaha Colored Baseball League
  3. Midwest Athletic Club
  4. Near North YMCA

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 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
  12. Hope Lutheran Church
  13. St. John’s AME Church
  14. Immanuel Baptist 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, Iconic North Omaha Businesses, and Black Spending in Omaha History

  1. Black-Owned Hotels
  2. KOWH, North Omaha’s Black-Owned Radio Station
  3. Bus Garage/Streetcar Shop at North 26th and Lake Streets
  4. Carter Lake Amusement Park
  5. Blue Lion Center
  6. Carter Bank – Carter Savings and Loan Association
  7. Webster Telephone Exchange Building
  8. Duffy Drugs
  9. Carter Lake Ballroom
  10. Lane Drug Stores
  11. Carnation Ballroom
  12. Dreamland Ballroom
  13. The Off-Beat
  14. King Solomon’s Mines
  15. Jim Bell’s Club Harlem
  16. Allens’ Showcase Lounge
  17. The Stage II Lounge

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
  7. Metoyer’s BBQ
  8. Skeet’s
  9. Off Beat Diner Club

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. The Bookmobile
  6. Street corner doo-wop groups in North O
  7. Kellogg’s Gas Station on North 24 Street
  8. Phillips Gas Station on 30th Street
  9. Hinky-Dinky Store at 24th and Lake Street
  10. Former Charles Street Public Housing Projects
  11. Safeway Stores
  12. Pigley Wigley Stores
  13. The Snack Stop
  14. Merritt Drug Store at North 24th and Charles Street
  15. The record store at North 24th and Charles Street
  16. The Ritz Cab Company
  17. “Jit-Nies” underground cabs
  18. Cross Town Pawn Shop
  19. Fried Fish Sandwiches at North 24th and Spencer Street
  20. Tastee Freeze on North 30th Street
  21. The Christ Child Center talent shows
  22. Storz Beer Company on North 16th Street
  23. Voyal Watson
  24. Corby Park
  25. CoCa-Cola Plant at North 30th and Spencer
  26. Green Hill (aka Bedford Hill) on North 30th Street
  27. Lothrop Drug Store at North 24th & Lothrop Streets
  28. Slim Jenkins Place dances at North 16th and Lothrop
  29. Teen Holiday dances at North 24th & Corby Streets
  30. Mr. Corbin’s Popsicles
  31. Parades
  32. Dog House Bar on North 16th Street
  33. Ritz Cab Company
  34. Ritz Theater
  35. The Snack Stop
  36. McDonalds “After School” (24th & Cumming)
  37. Merritt Drug Store (24th & Charles)
  38. Anna’s Record Store (24th & Charles)
  39. Big Jim.s Pool Parlor
  40. Jitney Cab Stand & Rides
  41. Bob Gibson’s Nightclub (Mr. G’s)
  42. American Legion (Dances)
  43. The Show Wagon (Talent Shows)
  44. Myers’s Funeral Home
  45. Thomas Funeral Home
  46. Safeway Supermarket
  47. Al’s Store (25th & Bristol)
  48. Horace Mann Jr High
  49. Lothrop Grade School
  50. Central High
  51. South High
  52. Lothrop Drug Store
  53. Nevelle’s Variety Store
  54. Spencer Barbershop aka (Goodwin’s Barbershop With Ernie Chambers)
  55. United Cab Company
  56. Ritz Cab Company
  57. Tuxedo Pool Parlor
  58. Beacon Theater
  59. Coca-Cola Plant (30th & Spencer)
  60. Green Hill (aka Bedford Hill)
  61. Dairy Queen
  62. Spencer Shoe Shop (24th & Spencer)
  63. Joe’s Fish Sandwiches (24th & Spencer)
  64. Hinky Dinky Supermarket
  65. Littlefield’s Beauty Shop (24th & Spencer)
  66. Voyal Watson Beauty Salon
  67. Bud Holiday’s Teen Holiday Center (24th & Corby)
  68. Corby Park
  69. Dr. Hawkins Office
  70. Dr. Johnson Office
  71. Joe’s Drive In
  72. Miller Park Swimming Pool
  73. Corbin’s Store & Popsicles (27th Maple Street)
  74. Omar Bread & Bakery
  75. Mildred’s Sandwich Shop
  76. Irene’s Cafe
  77. Beal’s Diner
  78. the Ice Man
  79. Bob’s Cafe
  80. Sacred Heart School
  81. Goodrich Ice-cream
  82. Christ Child Center
  83. Salem Baptist Church
  84. Mount Calvary
  85. Pilgrim Baptist Church
  86. Rising Star Baptist
  87. St John Baptist
  88. McGills Blue Room Bar
  89. Bali Hi Bar
  90. M&M Bar
  91. Crosstown Bar
  92. Beacon Theater
  93. Airport Drive-In
  94. Peter Plenty Ice-Cream Truck
  95. Mister Softie Ice-Cream Truck.
  96. The Book Mobile
  97. The Wirt Street TV Repair Shop
  98. Al’s Bar 24th & Spencer
  99. Omaha Ramblers Black Baseball Team
  100. Allen’s Record Store
  101. Federal Market
  102. DeWitt’s Restaurant
  103. Burdette Field
  104. Peterson’s Bakery
  105. Crosstown Cleaners
  106. Crosstown Pawn Shop
  107. Mickey’s Lounge
  108. Apex Bar
  109. Dailey’s Liquor Store
  110. Elks Drill Teams
  111. 24 Street Parades
  112. Merritt Drug Store (24th & Charles)
  113. Franklin School
  114. Dorothy Eure

Would you like to see more Black history articles on NorthOmahaHistory.com? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Author’s Note: 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. I don’t have any special or unique knowledge, and a lot is missing from my stories. Please share the truth, details, facts, and your other information in the comments below. Thank you.


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