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Community Guide

table of Contents

President & Co-Publisher Willie Barney

Letter from the Publisher . . . . . . . . . 2

Mentoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Vice-President and Co-Publisher Yolanda Barney

Annual Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 4

Jobs and Job Training . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Elected Officials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Youth Employment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Access to Healthy Foods. . . . . . . . . . 40

History Highlights Intro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Civil Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Politics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Arts, Music & Film. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Health Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

People and Neighborhoods . . . . . . 24

Resources for Entrepreneurs. . . . . . 58

Worship and Churches . . . . . . . . . . . 26

African-American Businesses . . . . . 61

Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Advertiser Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Opportunities for Youth . . . . . . . . . . 32

Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Chief Financial Officer Greg A. Johnson Design Kate M. Coates Research & Copy Editor Yvette Norris Billing Manager Anita Johnson Contributing Writer s Revive! – History and Current Articles Leo Biga – History Highlights Contributing Photographers: Revive! Herb Thompson Great Plains Black History Museum Jason Fischer Oanh Heiser Vic Gutman and Associates Omaha Star Jami Anders-Kemp Donnie Branson Renderings Omaha Economic Development Corp. 75 North Development Corporation Metropolitan Community College White Lotus Group

Community-Based Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Arts and Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Promising and Thriving Future . . . 54 Elected Officials: Progress . . . . . . . . 57

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From the Publisher

North Omaha: A Rich History and Promising, Thriving Future There is a different side to North Omaha. If you only see North Omaha through the lens of a television camera or the front page of the newspaper, you might miss some incredible people, places and things.  While simultaneously tackling the same issues faced by most urban cities over the past 50 years, North Omaha is on the move and rising. Far too often, you will hear about the negative actions of a few, but miss out on the hard work, family celebrations, historic places, powerful music, anointed preaching, new developments and plain old everyday living that makes North Omaha thrive.  When residents of North Omaha are asked what they love about their neighborhoods, they focus on the people, togetherness, places of worship and the tremendous history. That is what we choose to celebrate in our very first North Omaha Community and Business Guide.  We have carried this idea around for years.  When we described it to people, the response was consistent. “Yes, that is really needed.”  “Long overdue.”“People need to see the other side of North Omaha.” Building on what we started with Revive! Omaha Magazine, we wanted to create a high quality, annual guide which would reflect the “real” North Omaha.  The people and places behind the scenes.  The re-emerging arts and culture scene.  The historic figures who made North Omaha a strong community.  The contemporary leaders and residents making it what it is today, and what it will be in the future.  The churches lifting spirit filled praise and inspiring us to move forward with a powerful, relevant Word. While we know North Omaha is a very diverse community, this first guide will focus primarily on African-American history and progress. And, as this is the first edition of the guide, we will not be able to highlight all of the great people, places and activities happening in North Omaha. We will profile more individuals, groups, organizations, churches and businesses in the future as the support for this publication and web-site grow. Please contact us on Facebook or at info@reviveomaha.com to make suggestions for future editions. In this issue we focus on what people love most about North Omaha. I will get it started. I enjoy watching the kids play outside, the way we use to back in the day. I like to open my window and smell the great bar-b-que coming from restaurants or the grills set up in the front yard where residents are gathered around, laughing and talking. In the evening, there is nothing like driving down 24th Street and stopping in for a new exhibit or some jumping music at Love’s 2|

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Jazz and Art Center. It is even better when the Carver Bank Building and Union for Contemporary Arts are also hosting events at the same time.  There is something about listening to live jazz, gospel, or blues music in that historic area.  I also enjoy listening to spoken word by Omaha’s own poets and the challenging lyrics of some of Omaha’s hip-hop artists.  While some of the words can be pretty strong, they give life to the inner feelings and thoughts of our younger generation. I love taking my family to festivals in the parks.  I enjoy watching the traffic and people interacting during Native Omaha Days.  I love riding the tour bus during Stroll Down Memory Lane and listening to the live music in the OEDC parking lot.  Marching in the Juneteenth and Native Omahan Days parades, waving to friends and the thousands upon thousands of people is a unique experience. There is a special joy that I get when we host the Christmas in the Village event at 24th and Lake and see the reaction from the children and families.  My favorite moment is when the amazing Gospel artists bless us with their incredible gifts singing at Dreamland Park.   I enjoy shopping at Styles of Evolution and taking friends from out of town to Big Mama’s for some fried catfish, macaroni, greens and a few glasses of cranberry tea.  Speaking of fried catfish, eating at Lonelle’s takes me all the way home with a side of spaghetti and big piece of cornbread.  

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Eric and Doriette Jordan

Empowerment Conference

I love the rich history of North Omaha. Gale Sayers.  Bob Gibson.  Bob Boozer.  24th and Lake.  The Lincoln Motion Picture Company.  Malcolm X.  Bobby Kennedy.  Whitney Young.  Tuskegee Airmen.  The barnstorming baseball teams.  The Dreamland Ballroom. The 4CL.  The DePorres Club.  Mildred Brown.  I love it all.  It is the story of Black America!  Right here.   There’s no question. North Omaha has a rich history and the whole story must be told. We can also see that we are on the forefront of a major transformation. When you read through the pages of this guide, you will see why there is a building sense of hope and new energy. You will learn more about the over $500 million in recent and current developments happening in North Omaha! Yes, half a billion dollars of development. We celebrate North Omaha.  We celebrate every person, every organization, every leader, everything good about this amazing community.  We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the revival and renaissance.  We intend to continue reporting and highlighting the great people and good things happening in North Omaha, and we don’t apologize for being too positive. You see, that is who we are.  We are a people who have always been able to overcome, not by focusing on everything that is wrong, but by focusing on what is right and moving with a sense of urgency to make it better for all of us.  We choose to see it as a glass more than half full, not half empty. We choose to build on our strengths.  We celebrate all that is right about North Omaha and African-Americans in this city. Let’s make it great, together! 3


North omaha Annual Events January/February Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration www.omahaima.com Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon www.omahaima.com

History Challenge

Martin Luther King, Jr. Week www.empoweromaha.com MLK in the Village at 24th and Lake Omaha Mobile Civil Rights Museum www.empoweromaha.com 100 Black Men Annual Black History Challenge www.100blackmenomaha.org 100 Black Men Gala

March/April 100 Black Men of Omaha Gala www.100blackmenomaha.org Family Housing Advisory Services Toast to Fair Housing www.fhasinc.org AAWESOME Awards www.newerabaptiststateconventionofne.com Omaha Links Cotillion www.omahachapterlinksinc.org

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Omaha 360 Harmony Week

May/June Empowerment Network Unite & Transform Conference and Luncheon www.empoweromaha.com Malcolm X Foundation - Malcolm X Celebration www.malcolmxfoundation.org Omaha 360 Harmony Week www.empoweromaha.com Urban League African-American Leadership Awards www.urbanleagueneb.org Omaha NAACP Juneteenth Celebration www.omahanaacp.org 4|

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July/August Bi-annual Native Omahan Days www.nativeomahaclub.org Omaha Star Mildred Brown Scholarship Gala www.theomahastar.com National Council of Negro Women – Omaha Section Mary McLeod Bethune Awards Luncheon

LOVAM Festival

September/October Striving for Success: African-American Male Summit 100 Black Men of Omaha, Urban League of Nebraska and Empowerment Network www.100blackmenomaha.org www.urbanleagueneb.org www.empoweromaha.com Empowerment Network Annual African-American Leadership Conference www.empoweromaha.com Hope Center for Kids Gala www.hopecenterforkids.com NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet www.omahanaacp.org Omaha Links - Mother Daughter Tea www.omahachapterlinksinc.org Family Housing Advisory Services - Dodging for Dollars www.fhasinc.org NAACP Reads-Harvest of Readers www.omahanaacp.org

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State of North Omaha Summit

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November/December Omega Charitable Foundation of Omaha Omaha Beautillion www.ocfo.org UNL Black Leadership Symposium www.admissons.unl.edu/diversity Urban League Annual Equal Opportunity Employment Luncheon www.urbanleagueneb.org Empowerment Network Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake Empowerment Network State of African-Americans and North Omaha Summit www.empoweromaha.com Kwanzaa Celebrations

Monthly Events Empowerment Network Community Meeting 2nd Saturday – Omaha North High School www.empoweromaha.com Black Men United - Hungry Club – 1st Wednesday Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering Revive! Omaha Magazine – Business Networking Luncheon 4th Friday, 24th and Lake, Family Housing Advisory Services www.reviveomaha.com Urban Events – The New Sound Loves Jazz and Arts Center – 1st and 3rd Fridays www.lovesjazzartcenter.org Urban Omaha Entertainment Company www.uoent.com Verbal Gumbo Facebook.com/verbalgumbo 5


Elected officials CITY OFFICIALS Mayor Jean Stothert City of Omaha 402-444-5000 Mayor’s Hotline: 402-444-5555 mayorsthothert@cityofomaha.org

Chris Rodgers County Commissioner 402-444-7025 Chris.Rodgers@douglascounty-ne.gov

Ben Gray City Council President City of Omaha 402-444-5524 ben.gray@cityofomaha.org

Mary Ann Borgeson County Commissioner Chair 402-444-7025 maryann.borgeson@douglascounty-ne.gov

Pete Festersen City Councilman City of Omaha 402-444-5527 Pete.festersen@cityofomaha.org

John Ewing Douglas County Treasurer 402-444-7103 treasurer@douglascounty-ne.gov

STATE SENATORS

EDUCATION

Tanya Cook State Senator 402-471-2727 tcook@leg.ne.gov

Lou Ann Goding President Omaha Public Schools Board 402-498-6474 louann.goding@ops.org

Ernie Chambers State Senator 402-471-2612

Yolanda Williams Vice President Omaha Public Schools Board 402-557-2100 yolanda.williams@ops.org

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U.S. CONGRESS Brad Ashford U.S. Congressman 402-916-5678 ashford.house.gov/contact/email

Deb Fischer U.S. Senator (402) 391-3411 senator_fischer@fischer.senate.gov 6|

COUNTY OFFICIALS

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Marque Snow Omaha Public Schools Board 402-915-2885 marque.snow@ops.org

Justin Wayne Omaha Public Schools Board 402-933-2802 justin.wayne@ops.org

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history

rising through the Challenge

N. 24th Street — Looking South

North Omaha has been home to people of various races, cultures and ethnicities, but is most commonly known as the traditional heart of the African-American community. Even today most people use North Omaha and African-American community interchangeably, although North Omaha is incredibly diverse and less than 50% of African-Americans live in the traditional boundaries of North Omaha. The same pattern followed by immigrants—moving into South Omaha for job opportunities and then migrating to North Omaha and then West Omaha—was followed by most groups for decades. Through redlining and other forms of discrimination, African-Americans were segregated and restricted to what was once referred to as the Near Northside. The forced segregation caused the creation of a separate community complete with a closed loop economy, social scene and culturally rich spaces. Despite the discrimination, a strong and thriving neighborhood was created capitalizing on the rich culture of the residents, tourists and business owners. As jobs in the meatpacking, manufacturing and other industries disappeared and open housing allowed upwardly mobile African-Americans to move west, concentrated poverty, poor housing conditions and low performing schools were left behind. The spiral was accelerated as protests and fires in response to racial incidents and a police shooting decimated the business district. Development of Highway 75 not only separated 8|

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North Omaha and relocated thousands of residents; it shifted traffic away from businesses on North 24th and North 30th Street. Business owners decided not to rebuild, generating more isolation for struggling families and creating an environment ripe for drugs and eventually gun violence. Through it all, residents, community leaders, pastors, educators and others worked hard to build on the assets of the community. As waves of migration took place, thousands upon thousands left their neighborhoods, but those who remained supported each other through challenging times. When residents of North Omaha are asked about their neighborhoods, they talk about their love for the people, they talk about the rich history of the area, how they came together during tough times and made sure children and families had the best opportunities they could provide. They share stories of men and women who worked all day and would come home to the community to volunteer with after school programs, in their churches and in their neighborhood associations to create unique events, celebrations and programs for youth and families. Long-term residents are increasingly talking about recent developments in North Omaha. A growing number share their expectations and excitement about what’s happening in their beloved community. While issues remain and much more work lies ahead, residents are resilient overcomers and prepared to make North Omaha a thriving community of diverse neighborhoods once again. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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history BPOA Easter Egg Hunt

No matter how you cut it, North Omaha is a geographically and culturally specific quadrant of the city that is as distinct as South Omaha is on the other side of town. Start with the people. North Omaha is a diverse place demographically, but it is first and foremost the historic center, hub and heartbeat of the African-American community. Like much of the city, North Omaha abounds in working-class folks doing their level best to forge a better life for themselves and for their families. It also includes many entrepreneurs and professionals, leaders and tastemakers, visionaries and dreamers, activists and organizers. High achievers born in North Omaha go on to do great things in the community, in wider Omaha, statewide and beyond. Whether in education, civil rights, human services, politics, business, media, the arts or sports, African-Americans make their mark. In some cases, to much acclaim, even being recognized at the national level.

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Gospel in the Village

Whether born and raised here or transplanted here, whether still residing on the old home turf or having moved on, the connection with North Omaha and its touchstone places never goes away. Roots run deep here. As much as the area is defined by its people, it’s also a reflection of its schools, churches, recreation centers, live music clubs, main drags and gathering spots. North Omaha is a robust mix of handsome boulevards, stately parks, stark flatlands, steep hills, deep valleys, commanding overlooks and solid neighborhoods. It’s full of historic landmarks. North Omaha roadways, residences and venues accommodate more than people and commerce, they generate experiences and memories tinged with soul. Being part of the North Omaha scene means socializing at picnics, fish fries, barbecues and block parties. Playing dominoes, Bid Whist, horseshoes and softball. Styling at concerts and dances. Enjoying parades and reunions. Debuting at cotillions. Cheering Friday night football and basketball games. Playing sandlot and street ball. Buying from sidewalk vendors. Cruising the streets. Fishing in lagoons and lakes. Swimming at the Y or the Boys and Girls Club. Taking Easter strolls. Celebrating Christmas in the Village. Catching up at the barber shop and beauty shop. Making soul food runs.

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The North Omaha immersion also means getting right with God at houses of worship or week-long tent revivals. Staying true to who you are in North Omaha entails commemorating and celebrating history and heritage, holding the traditions of ancestors dear and staying connected to mentors. Communally, it means pitching in to help a stranger, holding a neighborhood cleanup or building a home. It’s supporting pot-lucks, car washes and other fundraisers to assist schools, churches or causes. It’s paying respects at homecoming services. It’s participating in the Empowerment Network and neighborhood meetings. For the socially conscious, there are demonstrations to march in, protest rallies to give voice to, and prayer vigils to observe. For families, North Omaha means partaking in educational and recreational programs at libraries, art centers, community organizations and parks. In intergenerational terms, it’s elders instilling values and principles in young people. It’s developing, maintaining and passing on pride and an appreciation for history in an “each one, teach one” way. It’s empowering people to live and work their dreams. It’s people from all walks of life and parts of town working together to revitalize sections of North Omaha that have struggled keeping pace. It’s building on the redevelopment momentum happening in a community where efforts to enact positive change and to fulfill aspirations are real. It’s supporting black-owned and North Omaha businesses and exerting the power of the vote. All of this and more is bound up in the life and spirit of a place called North Omaha, where caring and frivolity meet creativity and hard work. It beckons and welcomes, embraces and educates, inspires and encourages. It is home.

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history highlights Whitney Young

As a young man, civil rights leader Whitney Young led the Urban League of Nebraska. During his Omaha tenure, the Kentucky native was instrumental in opening new hiring opportunities and growing the chapter’s membership. A trained educator and social worker, he went on to serve as dean of the School of Social Work at Clark College in Atlanta and as president of Georgia’s NAACP chapter. His work down south resulted in him being named National Urban League executive director in 1961. In that role, he promoted economic self-sufficiency and helped craft historic legislation that gave blacks equal rights under the law. This trusted adviser to black and white leaders, who was a part of the Big 6, died at age 49.

Malcolm X

Born in Omaha in 1925, Malcolm Little was a child when his family moved to Michigan to escape harassment directed at his outspoken preacher father by white supremacists. His father died under mysterious circumstances. A bright student, Malcolm quit school when a teacher slighted his potential. He moved to Boston and got caught up in street life. After his arrest and conviction he used his time in prison to educate himself, setting his mind free. He became a Muslim, changing his name to Malcolm X. He emerged a dynamic Nation of Islam recruiter-organizer. After breaking with founder Elijah Muhammad, he gained a following as a writer and orator calling for black self-determination by any means necessary. He was assassinated in 1965 at age 39.

Ernie Chambers

Omaha native Ernie Chambers was another son of a preacher. The Technical High School and Creighton University graduate became a grassroots community leader in the 1960s. Though he didn’t yet hold public office, he bridged divisions between the black community and the local white power structure. He calmed tensions during civil unrest while agitating for needed change. His original bully pulpit was the North Omaha barber chair he manned. From 1970 through now, his stage has been the Nebraska Legislature, except for a hiatus forced by term limits. Chambers has never wavered from his fiercely independent stances and role as underdog champion. He emerged a national public figure via the 1966 race documentary A Time for Burning, which led to national speaking appearances. He later gained attention calling for the U.S. to disinvest itself from South Africa, for his opposition to the death penalty and for his proposal to divide Omaha’s public school district.

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Rev. James Commodore Wade

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Pastors have long been highly influential in North Omaha. James Commodore Wade, better known as Rev. J.C. Wade, was a noted pastor and civic leader. The Oklahoma native came to Omaha in 1944, and for the next four decades pastored at Salem Baptist Church where he built a small, fledgling membership into a huge, thriving congregation. He served on the Omaha Mayor’s Advisory Committee and organized one of the area’s first Head Start programs. He was active in the Baptist Pastors Conference and the Interdenominational Alliance, and was a leader in the New Era Baptist State Convention and National Baptist Convention. He was a mainstay in the Gospel Music Workshop of America and the national NAACP. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Claude Organ, Jr.

Marshall, Texas native Claude Organ, Jr. earned his M.D. and master’s degree in surgery from Creighton Medical School. He joined Creighton’s medical faculty in 1963 as an assistant professor. When he became chair of surgery there in 1971, he made history as the first African American to chair a surgery department at a predominantly white U.S. medical school. Organ helped found the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. He became the second African-American president of the American College of Surgeons. He edited the prestigious Journal of American Medical Association publication Archives of Surgery. His education career continued on the west coast. Under his tutelage, the ranks of AfricanAmerican surgeons, particularly women, increased.

Charles Lane

Charles Lane

A Tuskegee Airman during World War II, Charles Lane made a career of the U.S. Air Force and his last assignment brought him to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. When he retired, he became the director of the anti-poverty program Greater Omaha Community Action (GOCA) and later founded the 99th Pursuit Cadet Squadron of the Nebraska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol to mentor youth through aviation.

Rodney Wead

Omaha native Rodney Wead headed the Wesley House, a tradition-rich United Methodist Community Center in North Omaha. Under his leadership, a radio station, credit union and an economic catalyst organization emerged. The Omaha Economic Development Corporation that sprung from the center has spurred revitalization throughout North Omaha via newly built and renovated residential and commercial properties, first under the direction of Alvin Goodwin, and more recently under the guidance of Michael Maroney.

Rowena Moore Malcolm X Center

Rowena Moore was the founder of the Malcolm X Foundation and led efforts to recognize the international leader in Omaha. Her work resulted in the purchasing of significant pieces of land which will be used by the Foundation to continue efforts of self-empowerment and an ambitious campus plan. Board President, Sharif Liwaru, is partnering with the Board and community to move the plan forward.


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DePorres Club The Urban League of Nebraska has been a stalwart social justice champion since 1927, advocating for economic selfreliance, parity, power, civil rights and equal opportunity. A little known chapter in the history of Omaha is the civil rights activism that took place from the late 1940s through the mid-1970s. During World War II, Rowena Moore agitated for local packinghouses to stop discriminating against black women they denied employment. She took her fight to Washington D.C. and her efforts led to federal mandates that the plants cease their discriminatory practices, resulting in hundreds of black women being hired. She served as a labor leader for many years and later founded the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. In 1947, Jesuit priest John Markoe founded the social action group the DePorres Club. It enlisted a racially mixed membership of Creighton University students and community members in waging nonviolent protests, demonstrations and boycotts of businesses and institutions engaging in racial prejudice. The Club brought enough pressure to bear that some doors once closed to blacks were opened. The group’s members included future Omaha leaders Bertha Calloway, Wilda Stephenson, Claude Organ and Denny Holland. In 1958, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Omaha at Salem Baptist church and stayed at the home of Pat Brown. In 1963, local NAACP Youth Council members led by the 14 |

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Great Plains Black History Museum late Archie Godfrey openly challenged the policy of a local amusement complex, Peony Park, that denied blacks access to its outdoor pool. Protests at the park received much attention and soon forced the owners to change their racist policy. Future entrepreneurs, Herb Rhodes and Cathy Hughes, were among the protestors. Around that same time, a black church-led activist group, the 4CL or Citizens Coordinating Committee for Civil Liberties, staged demonstrations against restrictive housing and hiring practices. The 4CL held it’s meetings at Zion Baptist church and at Clair Memorial church. In 1964, Omaha native Malcolm X returned to his hometown to speak. Starting in the early 1960s, some white Omaha neighborhoods were integrated by enterprising, aspiring blacks. In the mid-1960s, local black veterinarian James Pittman and two partners developed the metro’s first intentionally mixed race neighborhood by building the New Horizons subdivision just southeast of 108th and Blondo Streets. The neighborhood thrived and continues to be blended today. In 1966, the Oscar-nominated documentary A Time for Burning, which depicts the rift a white Omaha congregation suffers when their pastor tries doing fellowship with neighboring black congregations, received nationwide screenings and prompted countless discussions. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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Fifty-four University of Nebraska at Omaha students staged a 1969 sit-in at the president’s office to demand black studies courses be added and black voices be heard. The arrested protestors came to be known as the Omaha 54. In 1971, UNO formed the Department of Black Studies. Activist Ernie Chambers was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1970. It marked the start of a record 38-year tenure in that office, most of that time as the only black legislator in the state Unicameral. In the early 1970s, activists Lerlean Johnson and Dorothy Eure were among a group of black Omaha parents who brought suit against the Omaha Public Schools and its segregationist policies. The case resulted in a 1976 court-ordered school desegregation plan that was implemented without the violence that occurred in many communities. Dr. Martin Luther King famously stated 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America, but some North Omaha churches have intentionally and successfully become blended houses of worship, including New Life Presbyterian and Church of the Resurrection. The Omaha NAACP has continued to play a key role in pushing for civil and human rights, supporting efforts to build stronger police community relations, addressing discrimination complaints and speaking out on voting rights, ban the box and justice reform. Leaders have included the late Rev. Everett Reynolds, Tommie Wilson, Stephen Jackson and current president, Vickie Young.

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education Omaha native Eugene Skinner became the first African American to hold the positions of principal and assistant superintendent with the Omaha Public Schools (OPS). In his long and distinguished OPS career, he helped ensure implementation of a 1976 court-ordered desegregation plan, and he worked to bring more black educators into the district. In 1895, Lucinda Gamble was hired as the first African-American teacher by Omaha Public Schools. Edmae Swain changed the face of local public education when, in 1964, she became the first African-American female principal in OPS. Katherine Fletcher was the first African-American OPS principal west of 72nd Street and an influential leader who inspired a new generation of educators. Ramona and Jerry Bartee were among Omaha’s leading education couples. Ramona was an OPS principal before working for Creighton University. Jerry was a principal and athletic director before becoming the first African American to serve on the Nebraska School Activities Association board. He retired as an OPS assistant superintendent. In the 1960s, OPS recruited black Southern educators to integrate its teacher ranks and several of these new hires went on to be educational and community leaders. The late Thomas Harvey came from Louisiana and served as principal at North High and McMillan Magnet Middle School. The academic success North enjoyed under his tenure earned the school national attention. Current North principal Gene Haynes, who came from Mississippi, has continued Harvey’s good work. Tommie Wilson, from Texas, became a popular music teacher before running the in-school suspension program at Lewis and Clark Junior High and the Stay in School alternative program at the Wesley House.

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Omaha has been blessed with outstanding educators at every level and leaders who have been committed to the success of children. Katherine Fletcher, Eugene W. Skinner, James Freeman, Dr. Gladys Styles Johnson, Kathy J. Trotter, Edwardene Armstrong, Dr. Don Benning, Edmae Swain, Warren Taylor, Thomas Harvey, Jerry Bartee, Dr. Carol Mitchell, Dr. Mary Mudd, Janice Gilmore, Z. Clarence Barbee, Freddie J. Gray, Elmer and Velma Crumbley, John R. Pierce, Dr. Minne R. Dacus, and Dr. Cynthia Gooch have all been recognized with the AfricanAmerican Leadership Award because of their significant contributions in the field of education and investments in preparing students for success. 16 |

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Politics African Americans have never made up more than a fraction of Nebraska’s population, thus making election to statewide office difficult. Dr. Matthew Ricketts, a physician whose parents were once enslaved, managed to win election to the state legislature in 1892, becoming the first of only a handful of blacks to ever serve in its chambers.

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Former packinghouse union official Edward Danner served in the Legislature 18 years, representing predominantly African-American District 11. Danner died in office, and George Althouse was appointed to replace him; but in the next general election a young firebrand named Ernie Chambers unseated him. No one before or since has generated the discussion or controversy Chambers has managed with his sharp views on issues and strategic use of legislative process. His push for district elections resulted in the first blacks voted into office on the Omaha City Council, and other city and county public bodies. Attorney Brenda Council has twice made history for her public service. She was the first African American woman to serve as Omaha School Board president. She was the first woman of color elected to the Omaha City Council. She subsequently came within a hair of winning the mayoral race, which would have made her the first person of color in that office. When State Sen. Ernie Chambers gave up his District 11 seat due to term limits in 2008, Council campaigned to replace him and won, thus becoming the first African American woman elected to the Unicameral (JoAnn Maxey was earlier appointed there by then-Gov. James Exxon). The same year that Council was voted into the Legislature, a second African American woman, Tanya Cook, representing District 13, joined her. It marked the first time two African American female legislators served concurrently in the Legislature. Council lost her re-election bid to Chambers. Cook won re-election and serves alongside Chambers today. Entrepreneur Fred Conley holds the distinction of being the first African American elected to the Omaha City Council. He won a place at the table for blacks with his election in 1981. He served two terms. Corporate executive Carole Woods Harris became the first African-American woman elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, where she served three terms. She also won election to the State Board of Education, serving from 2004 to 2008. Several more African Americans have achieved elected office in the last few decades, including Former Councilman Frank Brown, Councilman Franklin Thompson, Councilman Ben Gray, Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing, Jr. Outside elected office, two African Americans have served as chief of the Omaha Police Department – Thomas Warren, Sr. and Alex Hayes. 17


history highlights A remarkable roster of black athletes has emerged from essentially the same North Omaha neighborhoods, public housing projects and schools to achieve high distinction collegiately and professionally. Many individuals excelled during the civil rights era, contributing to Black pride both within and beyond the athletic arena.

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Track star Eugene Skinner didn’t get the scholarship offer he wanted from Nebraska and subsequently starred at Iowa in the 1930s. The relay team he led defeated a team boasting Olympic great, Jesse Owens. Multi-sport phenom Marion Hudson integrated Dana College in Blair, Nebraska in the 1950s. Some of his football and track and field records still stood more than 50 years later when the school closed.

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Bob Boozer spurned in-state offers to play at Kansas State, where he became a two-time All-American. He made the original Dream Team – the U.S. Olympic basketball squad that won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Games. He capped a solid NBA career as “the sixth man” on the 1971 title-winning Milwaukee Bucks team. The competitive face of the 1960s belonged to Bob Gibson, who twice pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series titles. Though he made his career on the diamond, he excelled enough in hoops to star at Creighton University and with the Harlem Globetrotters. His pitching dominance contributed to Major League Baseball lowering the mound. He helped integrate club spring training facilities in Florida. He won first ballot entry into Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Don Benning became the nation’s first African-American head coach of a team sport at a predominantly white university. He began the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s wrestling dynasty with racially diverse teams who bore insults, but let their wrestling speak for them.

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Ron Boone went from scrawny prep baller to strapping collegiate guard to professional basketball’s Iron Man for most consecutive games played. He made ABA all-star teams and led Utah to its only title.

Roger Sayers developed into one of America’s top sprinters and once beat Bob Hayes in the 100-yard dash. He starred in football at UNO as a multipurpose back-returner. Some of his marks stood decades later. Gale Sayers won fame as the Kansas Comet before his spectacular NFL career as a Chicago Bears running back and kick returner was cut short by injury. He was the youngest inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Receiver-returner extraordinaire Johnny Rodgers led Nebraska to back to back national titles before becoming the Huskers’ first Heisman Trophy winner. The College Football Hall of Famer played pro ball in Canada and the NFL. The Oliver brothers – Roye, Marshall and Ray – wreaked havoc as high school and college wrestlers. A second generation, Chris Oliver, carried on the tradition. 18 |

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Many North Omaha coaches have made an impact. Bob Gibson’s older brother Josh Gibson led legendary club teams, the Monarchs and the Travelers, which Bob and other future greats played on. The late Forrest Roper developed top girls basketball players with the Hawkettes. Richard Nared nurtured track stars with the Midwest Striders. Michael Carter’s youth football club, BEARS (Building Esteem and Responsibility Systematically), produced several college scholarship players. After a superb collegiate wrestling career, Curlee Alexander built a mat dynasty at North High. The late Steve Hogan introduced golf and life lessons to youth. Even in death, his Hogan’s Junior Golf Heroes and First Tee of Omaha continue impacting youth. Shannon Walker directs the Omaha Starlings volleyball club that places young women in college. Carl Washington’s CW Youth Resource Center has been developing young people’s minds and bodies for three decades.

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Athletic greats have continued emerging through today.

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Maurtice Ivy and Jessica Haynes earned Parade All-America honors in leading Omaha Central to back to back titles. Ivy starred at NU and Haynes at San Diego State. Both played professionally. Jackie Washington, Mallery Ivy-Higgs and LaQue MoenDavis were among the state’s most decorated high school track and field athletes and enjoyed success at Cal-State Northridge, Tennessee and Texas A&M, respectively. Washington made the U.S. women’s track team.

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Black media outlets have been crucial to African-Americans getting their voices heard, issues addressed and culture celebrated. North Omaha has had its share of Black media entities and personalities. Several national figures got their start here. Since 1938, the Omaha Star newspaper has been the conscience of Omaha’s Black community. Founder Mildred Brown took strong stands on social issues while charming and shaming advertisers to support the causes she championed. She was a rare woman publisher in a male-dominated industry. In its ninth decade, the paper, now led by her niece Marguerita Washington, still practices advocacy journalism.

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National media mogul Cathy Hughes, whose mother Helen Jones Woods played in the all-female mixed-race band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, considered Mildred Brown a mentor. Hughes got her start in broadcasting at Omaha Black radio station KOWH before establishing the urban format back east and building her nationwide Radio One empire, now expanded to TV One. KOWH transitioned from Top 40 to black soul when a group of local residents, including professional athletes Bob Boozer and Bob Gibson and community leaders Rodney Wead and Larry Littlejohn, purchased the station. Operations manager and program director Edward King went to Stax Records and is now a media consultant. Charles Washington didn’t mince words as a Omaha Star reporter and community affairs TV program host. Award-winning photojournalist Rudy Smith became the Omaha World-Herald’s first black newsroom

staffer. He documented decades of North Omaha history and has a traveling national exhibit. Before opening the Great Plains Black History Museum, Bertha Calloway helped integrate WOWT. Harold Dow was a KETV reporter, co-anchor and public affairs host before his CBS News career. At KETV, Ben Gray was an award-winning news videographer and the longtime host of Kaleidoscope before becoming an Omaha elected official. Ray Metoyer Jr., whose family owned an Omaha barbecue place, was a local TV reporter before finding big market success. Trina Creighton broke ground as a KMTV black female anchor/host and as a tenured University of Nebraska-Lincoln broadcast journalism professor. Her daughter Rielle is on her own TV news path. Former KETV anchor Michael Scott went on to Entertainment Tonight. Sybil Meyer, whose family owned Meyer Funeral Home, was a beloved World Herald reporter. 20 |

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Arts, music & Film North Omaha has been and continues to be home to many creatives. It has produced several music notables, including Preston Love, Sr., Lloyd Hunter, Wynonie Harris, Anna Mae Winburn, Luigi Waites, Buddy Miles, Lester Abrams, Arno Lucas, Calvin Keys and Ester Dean. Love played with Count Basie and penned an acclaimed autobiography. Accomplished pianist, organist, composer and recitalist Ruth Norman wrote chamber, choral, piano and organ works, plus a symphony. She made her life and career in Washington D.C. and lectured widely there and nationally on early black classical musicians. Doretha Wade brought the Salem Baptist Church gospel choir to national prominence and Jay Terrell continued the legacy.

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Derrek Higgins, George Walker, Dani Cleveland, Camille Metoyer Moten, Kathy Tyree, Carole and Nola Jeanpierre, Carol Rogers, Eric and Doriette Jordan, Millicent Crawford are among today’s talents adding to this rich musical heritage.

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Nebraska has a rich screen heritage and some of its earliest contributions to the film industry began with brothers George and Noble Johnson. In 1916 Omaha, they established the Lincoln Motion Picture Company – the first AfricanAmerican owned and operated movie production outfit. In more recent years, Monty Ross was a key producing partner of Spike Lee. Omowale Akintunde wrote-directed a dramatic feature film, Wigger, shot entirely in North Omaha. He also made an Emmy Award-winning documentary, An Inaugural Ride to Freedom, about Omahans trekking to the first Obama inauguration. Omaha native, Tim Christian founder of Night Fox Entertainment, finances and launches national films. Character actor John Beasley is a familiar face in film (Rudy, The Apostle) and television (Everwood, The Soul Man). Gabrielle Union is a black feature film star (Daddy’s Little Girls) and the lead of her own BET dramatic series, Being Mary Jane. Yolonda Ross is an acclaimed film (Antwone Fisher) and TV actress (Whitney). Randy Goodwin is a veteran TV actor (Girlfriends). Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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Places North Omaha was a popular stop for countless black music legends when the community boasted a vibrant nightlife scene where these musicians jammed into the wee hours.

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Up and down North 24th Street or the Deuce Four sat clubs and bars featuring live performances. The epicenter of it all was 24th and Lake, the cultural and business hub of the African-American community. Just north of there, the Carnation Ballroom packed them in. Just south, the Dreamland Ballroom reigned supreme. Visiting music greats stayed at area boardinghouses and private residences. What’s been called the Street of Dreams has seen it all. That strip is where people congregated on weekend nights, going from spot to spot. In the heart of it all, the Omaha Star operated and its crusading publisher Mildred Brown held court wearing her ever-present hat and carnation. North 24th Street has been home to civil rights and social action groups. It abounded with retail shops, professional offices and entertainment venues – from grocery and hardware stores to pharmacist, dentist and doctor offices, to eateries to barber shops, pool halls and taxi stands, to movie theaters, rec centers and churches. Businesses were variously Jewish and Black owned. This heartbeat of the community is where the Fair Deal Cafe not only served authentic soul food but hosted community meetings, thus earning the nickname, Omaha’s Black City Hall.

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Easter Sundays, families in their finest church clothes promenaded down 24th. People lined both sides of the Deuce Four for Native Omaha Days parades. A big crowd gathered to hear presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy make a campaign speech. Late ‘60s civil unrest left physical and psychological scars that the area is still recovering from today. Nearby, the historic Webster Telephone Exchange Building has been an integral part of North Omaha. It became the Urban League of Nebraska headquarters. With grant funding, community activist and historian Bertha Calloway and her husband James Calloway, purchased the structure and repurposed it as the Great Plains Black History Museum. Its extensive collections are highly regarded. 22 |

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You can see them moving primarily behind the scenes. They have an unrelenting commitment to their beloved North Omaha and their neighborhoods. Many are long-time residents who remember a different era in North Omaha. Some of them have lived long enough to have experienced all of the different phases in the ever expanding area defined as North Omaha. They are neighborhood association leaders, community activists, youth organizers, ministry leaders, volunteers, informal neighborhood center hosts and others who live, work and serve in their community. You may not see them on the news or in the newspaper, but they are there, doing everything they can every day to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. People like Ella Willis of Neighborhood Action and Fact. Going daily about the business of advocating for her neighbors and working tirelessly to improve the community. Oscar Watson, Jr. patrolling and watching over the Kountze Park area. Vickey Parks and her late husband Charles Parks, who could always be found leading a voter registration drive, volunteering for a community event, or hosting a neighborhood outreach. Rondae Hill. Kris Carter. Juanita Johnson. Bobbie Davis. Kathy Holtz. Rosalind Moore. Sharon Olson. Pastor James Temple and his wife Eloise. Trudy Swanson. All people who love and stand up for their neighborhoods. Apostle Vanessa Ward, and her late husband, both pioneers in North Omaha for hosting positive block parties, music in the park, activities for youth and mobilizing the neighborhood to make it safe for all residents. Her book, “Somebody Do Something”, is a personal story of her 24 |

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family’s commitment to changing the block they lived on and call for others to do the same. Mildred Lee and others did the same type of work in their neighborhoods through Weed and Seed efforts years ago. Many of these neighborhood associations were formed under the leadership of the nationally recognized group, North Omaha Community Development, which operated in the ‘70’s and 80’s. The organization, led by Carl Christian, Carl Tyler, George Garnett, and others was instrumental in the creation of the Charles Drew Health Center, the Blue Lion, Metropolitan Community College and other key institutions. Christian returned to neighborhood organizing in 2010, working with residents, the Empowerment Network, OEDC and Councilman Ben Gray to form the North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. NONA, now under the leadership of Primus Jones and board, has been busy at work the past four years gathering North Omaha Neighborhood Association leaders, hosting monthly planning meetings, organizing canvassing and door-to-door campaigns, while advocating for investments and positive change in North Omaha. NONA Program Director, Kyle Keith, is one of a number of emerging leaders playing an active role in the rebirth and strengthening of North Omaha. Aja Anderson, Symone Sanders, Dennis Anderson, Sidney Franklin, JoAnna LeFlore, Moniki Cannon and others have played leadership roles with the African-American Young Professionals and Urban League Young Professionals groups, and have been active in successful outreach efforts and events. Community activists can be found helping those in need in many different arenas. Robert Wagner, of Project KNOSE, is consistently helping families during their time of greatest need and is often painting homes and doing whatever he can to assist others. Clarice Jackson, of the Voice Advocacy Center, consistently pushes for improvements in education and has brought a greater sense of awareness to students impacted by dyslexia. Willie Hamilton of Black Men United ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


has led efforts to bring attention to the need for mentors to support African-American boys and young men while leading by example at Mt. View Elementary. Preston Love, Jr. consistently pushing the envelope to increase voter participation and elevating the urgency of securing opportunities for North Omaha contractors and other small and emerging businesses. Chris Wiley, Alonzo Mitchell, Terrence Mackey, Ricky Smith, Tyrone Marshall, Tunette Powell, Leo Louis, Angel Martin and many others who consistently work to make a difference. They are the teachers and principals who start early and stay late to make sure children reach their full potential. They are the coaches who go to the practice field and stay there until after dark even after putting in a full day at work. They are the organizers who work all night

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Worship Congregations of every denomination can be found in North Omaha. Home to both historic houses of worship and new store front churches, families can let the spirit guide them to the sanctuary which most connects with them.   Powerful and transformational messages accompanied by heavenly music can be found at large and small churches throughout the area and includes diverse memberships.  Salem Baptist Church is one of the largest pre-dominantly African-American churches in the entire region and is known for its dynamic praise and worship, award-winning choirs and relevant teaching.  The church recorded Grammy-nominated gospel music in the 1970’s with the legendary James Cleveland.  Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and St. John AME are recognized as two of a number of historic African-American churches in the area near 24th and Lake.  

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Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church, near 22nd and Binney, is also known for its soul-stirring music and inspiring messages.  Attendees come from miles around to join in on services in North Omaha.  Baptist, Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Catholic, AME, CME and other denominations can all be found in the neighborhoods.  No matter what you’re looking for on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you can find a spiritual place to call home.  Services range from traditional, down home style to nondenominational, five-fold ministries.  Whether you like to let the spirit move you or spend time in deep contemplation, North Omaha has a place of worship for you. 26 |

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Churches Churches have long played an important role in pushing for civil rights, advocating for justice and leading community revitalization efforts in communities. Visitors and new residents will find most churches in North Omaha not only offer great services on the weekends, but many are dedicated to work outside the walls - in the community.  Groups like the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, New Era Baptist, Empowerment Network Pastors and Faith Leaders Covenant and others are active with adopt-a-block, Village Stakeholders, jail and prison ministries, youth ministries, church-based economics, violence prevention initiatives, educational programs, and provide positive outreach and activities for youth, residents and neighborhoods.

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Building on the legacy and community leadership shown by Rev. J.C. Wade, Rev. J.H. Whittington, Rev. Z.W. Williams, Rev. L.C. Menyweather-Woods, Rev. Negil McPherson and Jeremiah McGhee, pastors and ministers have picked up the torch, including: Pastors Tony Sanders, T. Michael Williams, Portia Cavitt, Bruce and Pat Williams, Edna Perkins, Ed Rollerson, Teela Mickels, Cedric Perkins, Bishop John Ford, Jeff Booth, Dave Gehrls, and others. Eagle’s Nest hosts one of the area’s largest back-to-school book bag giveaways. The New Era Baptist hosts one of the largest award ceremonies, the AAWESOME Awards, recognizing African-American students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  North Omaha is also home to para-church ministries that provide tremendous services in the community.  Williams Prepared Place, Compassion in Action, Hope Center for Kids, Salvation Army, Abide Ministries and countless others assist with meeting the needs of residents and preparing youth and residents for success.  These are just a few of the examples of the faith-based ministries working to improve the community. Put your faith to work and make a commitment to get involved with these and other ministries.

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Education North Omaha has long been the home of great educators. A quick review of history will generate the names of trailblazers: Eugene Skinner, Edmae Swain, Katherine Fletcher, James Freeman, Thomas Harvey and others. These principals and educators produced some of the sharpest minds in the nation. Students from North Omaha have climbed the ladder and achieved great levels of success in every career field. Former students can be found in significant leadership positions across the country. There is no denying that education in North Omaha has its challenges. As thousands of upwardly mobile residents left the area and job opportunities declined during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, concentrated poverty, disinvestment and underperforming schools created an extremely difficult environment. While negative statistics currently grab most of the headlines, thousands of teachers, administrators, parents and students are slowly and quietly making a comeback in the community. Over the past ten years, graduation rates have increased, reading and math scores are slowly climbing, and the number of students taking the ACT and going on to college has also increased. Against sometimes difficult odds, North Omaha is producing some amazing students who are going on to accomplish great things. In addition, there are some breakthrough schools, promising developments and encouraging signs on the horizon. Students and families from North Omaha and throughout the city have access to some of the best public school experiences in the nation. Gene Haynes, Lisa Utterback, Decau Jean-Baptiste and others have been leading the field with high expectations and strong leadership. There is much work ahead as students attending schools in North Omaha still score significantly below the state average. The Omaha Public Schools students in North Omaha have experienced incremental gains each year, the question is how to accelerate the progress and finally close long-standing gaps. North High School with its award winning engineering program, sits in the heart of North Omaha. Under Haynes’ leadership, the school is thriving in the classroom and on the field and has become a true community center of activity. Central High School, where hundreds of North Omaha students attend, continues a strong tradition of academic and athletic success. In the spring of 2015, the Omaha Public Schools board approved Benson High School as a Business, Entrepreneurship, Health and Construction Design Magnet. It is one of the most exciting developments at the high school level in recent years. As a career academy, high school students will be prepared for college and careers with hands on training, internships and dual enrollment college courses. South High School, which has become the largest school in the district, also attracts hundreds of North Omaha students and is well known for its Arts, Culture and Performing Arts classes. They have also 28 |

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become a powerhouse in several sports. Northwest High School is growing once again with a strong emphasis on Government and Criminal Justice. Progress can also be found at the elementary level. Miller Park, a school which just five years ago was one of the lowest scoring in the district has been recognized for significant progress. Under the leadership of Utterback, the school moved from the bottom to top of the North Omaha elementary schools. Miller Park is a great example of what is possible with there’s strong leadership, high quality teachers, committed parents, a supportive community and engaged students. Other schools have also maintained measurable gains for the past few years, including: Central Park; Franklin; Saratoga; Walnut Hill; Mt. View; Kellom; and, King Science. OPS is also investing in early childhood programs, schoolbased health centers, after school programs, enhanced reading, math and science curriculum and providing more support for principals and teachers.

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Three innovative schools are preparing to make an impact in North Omaha. The Nelson Mandela School opened its doors in August of 2015. The groundbreaking private school, launched by the Lozier Foundation and other supporters, provides free education and an extended day and year calendar. The school features high quality instruction and a challenging curriculum including Spaulding Reading, Singapore Math and Violin Sprouts. Each student’s day includes extensive enrichment opportunities. Another exciting development is the Highlander Project by 75 North Revitalization Corporation. Under the leadership of Othello Meadows, the mixed-income neighborhood will also include a partnership with Howard Kennedy. The school will follow the highly successful Purpose-built Communities Model originally launched in Atlanta. Kennedy will feature many of the same components: extended day and extended year calendar; high quality early childhood education; outstanding enrichment opportunities; access to health care and other wrap around services; and most importantly, great leadership and excellent teachers. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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These schools join the Wilson Focus School as the only extended day and extended year elementary schools within the Omaha Public Schools district. Wilson, now entering its seventh year, has experienced solid success and continues to expand its offerings. Similar to Nelson Mandela and Kennedy, Wilson has featured strong leadership, high performing teachers, extensive enrichment opportunities, an intense focus on technology and leadership, including laptops for every student and a student run television studio. Most encouragingly, the students have achieved great results in reading, math and science. These schools and the “Turnaround” model being implemented at Wakonda will allow the district to learn at an accelerated rate what works best to improve education in North Omaha. OPS looks to continue improving learning at all schools, but these innovative schools will be on the forefront. There are also private schools in North Omaha that are producing positive results and high performing students. Sacred Heart, Holy Name and Jesuit Middle School routinely score well when it comes to student learning and achievement.

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While challenges remain and the pace of change must be accelerated, these are very promising signs of things to come in North Omaha. When principals, teachers, parents, students and community members work together, there’s no limit to what is possible in North Omaha. The sense of urgency must be maintained to create great schools in every neighborhood.

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Using the District’s Academic Action Plan, students have consistently improved test scores on their Nebraska State Assessment (NeSA) Tests over the past three years. Gradual Release of Instruction includes the following components, which are used daily in each classroom: modeled, shared, guided and independent. Components of the Action Plan include: 1) Instructional Framework: gradual release of instruction with numeracy strategies and literacy strategies across the content areas, and consistent procedures and routines; 2) coaching; and 3) acuity.

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opportunities for Youth Over the years, North Omaha is blessed to have new and expanded opportunities made available to youth of all ages. From innovative early childhood to college prep, families have access to tremendous programs. Many of the high quality programs have long waiting lines. More capacity is needed. More opportunities are becoming available.

Early Childhood

A number of churches and community-based organizations have offered high quality early learning programs for decades. Educare, which opened its first center in 2003 near Kellom, has expanded to provide three top of the line early childhood centers. The latest at Skinner will open this fall. Learning Community Center of North Omaha

Omaha Public Schools continues to expand and enhance Headstart and other early learning programs. In partnership with Early Childhood Services, classrooms have been added at a number of schools. Another exciting development is the North Omaha Learning Center, created by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy County. The five million dollar facility is home to a range of services for families and their children, from birth to age 8. Entrepreneurial educators and concerned residents have also created very effective learning centers in their homes. To assure the best social, emotional, physical and intellectual experience for your child, be sure to ask about all elements of the programs offered by the provider.

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Simple Simon has multiple sites and other centers including Psalms 127:3, operated by LaShaun McCroy, and Safe Haven Learning Center, led by Gwen Easter, also provide valuable services to families in North Omaha.

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After School

North Omaha is blessed to have a rich array of after school programs available for youth and families. The list of opportunities is ever expanding. No matter what families are looking for, they will find it in North Omaha. The Boys and Girls Club is a great place to go after school. The center has a large and expanding offering, including sports, technology, home work assistance and much more. The North Boys and Girls Club has made a push in recent years to expose students to entrepreneurship and emerging technologies. In addition to the academic programs, the Club hosts positive teen events at night and consistently produces some of the top athletes in the state through its sports programs. CEO Ivan Gilreath, former business executive, is leading the Boys and Girls Clubs into new territory and expansion.

Hope Center

The Hope Center attracts hundreds of students each year with a focus on faith, employment, education and partnership. A few years ago, the organization made employment a major emphasis and created the Hope Employment and Learning Academy. Hope is widely used as a community center for positive events and activities open to the whole community. Pastor Edward King, Alyssa Smith and others provide leadership as the Center is in transition following the retirement and tragic deaths of the founders, Pastors Ty and Terri Schenzel. Ty and Terri left a powerful and inspiring legacy by positively impacting thousands of lives. Girls Inc, led by Roberta Wilhem, is highly recognized for its innovative programming and team producing “Strong, Smart and Bold” girls. Located near 45th and Bedford, the Center provides and connects girls with unique programs including STEM, dance, academic, technology and health. Girls Inc. is in the process of expanding with the development of a $15 million health center named after Katherine Fletcher, an influential educator. New to the scene is NorthStar, led by Executive Director, Scott Hazelrigg. Officially opened in 2014 and located on Ames Street near 49th Ave, NorthStar is focused on boys in grades 7 and 8. The $13 million building features a large 14,000 sq ft. court gym, rock climbing wall, technology classrooms and other hands-on learning and engagement spaces for young men. There’s more! Beyond these organizations, Omaha Public Schools, with the support of 21st Century Learning Grants and Collective for Youth, now provides tremendous after school opportunities for most elementary and middle school students. A quick review reveals challenging, inspiring and engaging enrichment and academic support programs at most schools. If families and students take advantage of these offerings, the possibilities are endless. Other quality out of school programs are provided by Banister’s Leadership Academy, Solomon Girls Center, Metro Area Youth Services, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Nothing But Net, Thrive Center and others. For a complete listing, please go to reviveomaha.com or empoweromaha.com And, during the summer months, UNO, UNMC, Creighton University and other colleges offer enhanced learning opportunities. Visit their web-sites for more information. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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Mentoring

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Research studies consistently reveal the positive impacts of establishing mentoring relationships. Attendance rates increase. Academic performance improves. Graduation rates rise. It’s not a secret any longer. Quite simply, mentoring works. One of the most promising and encouraging signs happening in Omaha is the number of citizens stepping up to become mentors – formally and informally. Residents from many walks of life are answering the call. More are needed.

Over 1,200 Omaha Residents Answer the Call to Mentor Seven years ago, the Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was one of a number of organizations and initiatives launched by Building Bright Futures. Using the BBF Community Action plan as a guide and incorporating the results from a study conducted by the Great Omaha After School Alliance, it was determined that there were thousands of youth in need of mentors. An initial goal was set to recruit 3,000 additional mentors to work with youth in the city. The response has been tremendous. In 2013, MMP launched the first coordinated, citywide recruitment effort. The results were inspiring. The campaign generated the interest of over 600 individuals. It was so 34 |

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successful, a second campaign was launched in 2014, and there were more than 640 who were engaged through the initial process. MMP and their 10 partner agencies are moving the dial in connecting youth in our community with caring adults. MMP agencies are committed to formal mentoring, which encourages developmental relationships to help the mentored participants realize their full potential and define their own vision for the future. MMP agencies include: 100 Black Men; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands; Teammates; Partnership for Kids; Girls Inc.; Hope Center for Kids; Youth Emergency Services; Release Ministries; Kids Can Community Center; Kent Bellows Mentoring Program; and the Bike Union Mentoring Project. MMP recently held their annual Salute to Mentoring. The organization is continuing to focus on all forms of mentoring, including: One to One; Couples Mentoring; Group Mentoring; Team Mentoring; Peer Mentoring; and, a new effort focused on Youth-Initiated Mentoring. MMP is also partnering with the Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaborative and North Omaha Cradle to Career Collaborative to specifically identify mentors for sixth grade students transitioning to seventh grade in the targeted areas. The first cohort has been identified and the matching process is underway. It’s not too late to become a mentor! ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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450 African-American Men are “Standing Together” In addition to the efforts of MMP, the 100 Black Men, Urban League of Nebraska, Revive! Omaha Magazine and the Empowerment Network formally launched an initiative to identify and recruit African-American men to become mentors, coaches and role models for African-American young men. The initiative is informally referred to as “Standing Together.” Building on five years of work with the Striving for Success: Black Male Summit and two year old Omaha African-American Male Achievement Collaborative, a planning meeting was held in late June of 2014. Attendees included representatives from the lead agencies, churches, fraternities, Omaha Public Schools, community organizations and elected officials to set some initial goals and discuss various strategies. The group held Strategic Gatherings of African-American Men in July and August 2014. By the end of August, over 300 men had joined the effort. Over 200 had participated in the Strategic Gatherings and Planning Meetings. One hundred completed the profile, and 52 had expressed an interest in becoming mentors. Building on the successes of 2014, the group has now increased to 450 participants and has set a target to reach 700 African-American men by the end of September. The planning team members are working with Omaha Public Schools to coordinate partnerships with schools in the Empowerment Network’s North Omaha Village Zone target area and other buildings identified by the district. Those interested in mentoring have been referred to the 100 Black Men and the Midlands Mentoring Partnership. They will finalize applications and walk those who are interested through background checks and other requirements. The Phase I projects have been identified and men are mobilizing into action. Beyond the mentoring, men have signed up to become greeters, readers, coaches and role models. A number of successes were garnered in 2014. Collectively, participating organizations were able to reach over 2,500 African-American young men in the Omaha Public Schools system. The men also participate in the Annual Striving for Success: Black Male Summit, which was launched in 2010. This annual summit brings together 150 to 200 African-American 9th grade young men and 40-50 African-American men for a day of role modeling, career exploration and man-toman conversations. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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Jobs & Job training opportunities

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In speaking with long-time North Omaha residents, they often refer to the jobs and businesses which were once abundant in North Omaha. The area was a magnet for workers in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s. It was also a “bedroom” community for the manufacturing businesses in downtown and South Omaha. Over the past forty years, most of the job growth in the city has occurred in West Omaha, regional cities and exurban communities leaving North Omaha behind. In order for North Omaha to be a fully thriving and prosperous community, more jobs and businesses are desperately needed. There are efforts underway by various groups and entities to address employment and entrepreneurship. Significant announcements will be made late summer and early fall of 2015 which will provide a positive boost. While these developments are promising and provide hope for the future, the focus now is on connecting North Omaha to existing job opportunities throughout the city.

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The Lozier Corporation is one of the largest employers in North Omaha and has been consistently committed to the community for decades. In addition to providing employment opportunities, Lozier through their foundation, makes financial contributions to support important initiatives in North Omaha. Creighton University, Immanuel Hospital, and Omaha Public Schools are also major employers located in or near North Omaha. The North Omaha Business Park near 24th and Hamilton was created to help bring jobs into the community.

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For years, there has been a loud cry for more job training opportunities to prepare and link North Omaha residents to current and emerging jobs and careers. Finally, more job training is becoming available. The Urban League offers a range of training classes including a recently launched 3-week Career Boot Camp where they have partnered with private companies like First National Bank, UPS, OPPD, Gallup and First Data. Participants are paid a stipend as they attend the sessions and the Urban League reports a 90% placement rate for those who complete the Boot Camp. The League also offers employment services to assure job seekers are prepared. Heartland Workforce Solutions (HWS), which was created to centralize workforce development for the region, is now located at 56th and Ames. The HWS team reports over 1,500 people use the services at the Center on a monthly basis. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


HWS subcontracts with Goodwill to manage the workforce development programs. Goodwill offers an array of programs, including: ReStart – focused on ex-offenders working to reenter the workforce; Partnership – for youth and young adults; On-the-Job Training – hands-on work opportunities which potentially lead to long-term employment with specific businesses; Youth Build – preparing participants for jobs in the construction industry; and, Connect - which links job seekers to employment in the customer services and telecommunications industry. One of the most exciting and promising developments is the recent announcement by Metropolitan Community College of a $90 million expansion at their Fort Omaha Campus. Three new buildings are under construction which will house an academic skills center, center for advanced and emerging technology and the construction education center. In addition to their extensive list of classes, MCC’s investment will provide tremendous opportunities. The campus is already home to a world class culinary program based in the Swanson Culinary Institute.

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Another positive development is the Kumani Center on North 30th Street, created by Black Men United president Willie Hamilton with support from Dell Gines. The Center will focus on preparing participants for work in the trades and vocational fields while also offering entrepreneurs another place for incubation and training. The Kumani Center recently received certification from the state of Nebraska and will start classes in the fall of 2015.

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Summer Works, launched by the Kiewit Foundation and managed by UNO, is another strong program for youth, hiring 150 workers each summer. In addition to the work in city parks, Summer Works provides opportunities for the students to visit educational and cultural sites in the city and features site visits throughout the summer. The City of Omaha also hires large numbers of youth each year for parks related opportunities. Goodwill hires 40 youth during summer months as a part of its Youth Partnership program.

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When it comes to youth, career exploration and job training opportunities have been improving since the Empowerment Network launched the Step-Up Omaha! initiative in 2008. Launched by the North Omaha community, Step-Up Omaha! has evolved into the largest summer employment program in the state. With the support of the City of Omaha, state of Nebraska, United Way, businesses, foundations and non-profits, Step-Up is in the process of becoming a year round initiative. Initially launched by the Network and North Omaha residents, Step-Up expanded to South Omaha in 2012 and is now a city-wide initiative. Over 100 worksites have participated and over 20 community partners help make the program a success.

The Hope Center’s Employment and Learning Academy was created and launched in 2013. The Hope Center has been a partner with Step-Up Omaha! since its inception, and many of the youth that start in the summer enter the Employment Academy, which is a year round program preparing students for the workplace.

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Invest in the Future, Today! Become a Step-Up Omaha worksite or sponsor. Summer employment has been proven to be a critical link in bridging the gap between education and work. Research shows participants are more likely to transition to the workforce successfully. Since 2008, Step-Up Omaha! partners have connected over 3,000 youth and young adults to summer employment and beyond. Hundreds of Step-Up alumni have graduated from high school, entered college and moved into the workforce. You can help us expand the program by investing now! We will close the employment Summer Employment Opportunities & More! gap by preparing youth and young adults now for current and future opportunities.

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow, today. STEP-UP Omaha! is currently accepting online applications from youth and young adults that are ages 14–21 (at time of application) and live in the city of Omaha. (Submission of application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.) To apply online, go to www.stepupomaha.com.

To become a worksite or sponsor, please go to StepUpOmaha.com or call 402-502-5153 Application Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2015 (Midnight) Step-Up Omaha Program Dates: June 1, 2015 – August 7, 2015

STEP-UP OMAHA! a community-based initiative of the Empowerment Network and City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, ENCAP, Heartland Workforce Solutions, Girls Inc., Goodwill Industries, Hope Center for Kids, Latino Center of the Midlands, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Omaha Public Schools, Salvation Army KROC Center and Urban League of Nebraska.


Access to healthy Foods

Beyond the Food Desert: Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables in North Omaha At times in prior years, fresh fruit and vegetables have been difficult to find in North Omaha. Various local and national studies have classified the area as a food desert. Vitally important collaborative efforts to eradicate this label are in full swing in North Omaha. The Douglas County Health Department has been a major player when it comes to addressing the lack of healthy foods in North Omaha. In 2011, the County applied and received the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant. A large and diverse collaboration was formed and the group intensely focused on improving access to healthy foods in North and South Omaha where the greatest need was identified.

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Measurable results were produced. School and community gardens were established. Eight neighborhood stores were transformed into healthy corner stores in partnership with the Empowerment Network. Health ministries were established and expanded, working with Nebraska Center for Healthy Families. Valuable information was gathered regarding the eating habits and needs of residents in these core areas. The collaborative work continued under a second Community Transformation Grant which also expanded the focus to included assessments of the walkability of neighborhoods, bike trails to encourage exercise and a plan to make Adams Park more usable. Over the past four years, another innovation and thought leader, No More Empty Pots, has burst onto the scene. The grassroots organization has blossomed into a key catalyst for educating and informing the community on the benefits of preparing and eating healthy foods, connecting rural and urban food communities, and exploring the possibilities and illustrating the potential of urban food production. No More Empty Pots also maintains a heavy emphasis on connecting North Omaha youth to the promise of healthy foods. Big Gardens and City Sprouts were early pioneers in the field of community gardens. Both organizations have strategic locations throughout North Omaha where neighbors are actively involved in planning, planting and harvesting fresh vegetables. City Sprouts was one of the first to partner with North Omaha youth, providing employment opportunities during the summer. The Minne Lusa/Miller Park Neighborhood Association has taken the concept even further by purchasing and renovating a house where neighbors and others interested come together to prepare, eat and preserve foods over positive and energizing conversations. They have found it to be a powerful tool for building strong relationships.

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Metropolitan Community College with its growing international reputation has also played an instrumental role in the ever expanding journey towards access to healthy foods in North Omaha; with the Culinary Institute as a primary meeting place for large conferences, workshops and summits on the subject. Various organizations have hosted important strategy sessions with the USDA and other regional and national players. MCC has a strong and growing curriculum associated with agriculture, food, energy efficiency and more.

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Another groundbreaking innovator, Greg Fripp, founder and director of Whispering Roots, is leading the way on local efforts to bring aquaponics deeper into Omaha. Aquaponics is a revolutionary method used to grow vegetables and raise tilapia and other fish through an integrated system of production based on water. Fripp is working with schools and local organizations to use the process as an educational tool and economic stimulus.

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The Charles Drew Health Center has joined in on the efforts to address the food issue. Partnering with Gutman and Associates, Charles Drew presents a weekly farmers market during summer months which attracts large numbers of residents seeking fresh foods. The market accepts Food Stamps and EBT cards allowing residents from lower income homes to enjoy the fresh and great tasting merchandise. Behind the scenes, the Omaha Economic Development Corporation, with Annette Artherton, Director of Research and Special Projects leading the way, has been instrumental in supporting many of these initiatives. OEDC is preparing to introduce a new, industry leading business concept in this growing field which will produce jobs and great tasting food. The organization is also building towards the opening of a healthy neighborhood corner store in the Fair Deal Urban District.

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health options in North omaha One of the most critical elements necessary to build a strong community is access to quality health care. North Omaha has a growing and expanding set of options. Having healthy children is absolutely paramount for the success of any society and community. School Based Health Centers, developed by Building Healthy Futures and managed by Charles Drew Health Center in OPS Schools, are playing a pivotal role in bringing quality health care to North Omaha. The School Based Health Centers provide access to students in OPS, their siblings and their family members. Having health services available at school has been shown to decrease absences and increase attendance, which has a direct link to academic performance. School-based Health Centers can be found in North Omaha at Kellom Elementary School, King Science Center and Northwest High School. They are available to all children in OPS. Kenny McMorris

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In addition to leading the School Based Health Centers, Charles Drew Health Center has evolved into a quality site for providing health services in North Omaha. The Center was expanded in a great way under the leadership of recently retired CEO, Dr. Richard Brown. Brown was successful in a $4 million expansion, made Charles Drew into a major employer in North Omaha, and led efforts and developed partnerships to create school-based and public housing-based health centers in strategic locations. Brown was also visionary in hiring and preparing his successor, Kenny McMorris. Now, as CEO, McMorris is building on Dr. Brown’s foundation and Charles Drew is taking things to an even greater level. With the support of the community and philanthropic contributors, Charles Drew is expanding services to include more doctors in the areas of dentistry, mental health and other specialty fields. McMorris and his team are blazing new trails and making Charles Drew a full service, high quality, community based health center. Charles Drew is very active in the community, hosting and attending health fairs, screenings and outreach events throughout the year. CHI Health is a major player in the North Omaha health community. The CHI Immanuel Medical Center serves the entire community, but has made an intentional and focused effort to reach out to make a greater impact in North Omaha. The Center offers a wide arrange of medical services, including a full service hospital. They are best known for their work in Rehabilitation, Mental Health services and Cancer Treatment. Under the leadership of Ann Schumacher, CHI Immanuel is also partnering with North Omaha on employment, economic development, trauma informed care and other specific needs identified in partnership with the community. The creation of a $35 million Creighton University Medical Center was announced in 2014 and CHI Health has already broken ground at 24th and Cuming in North Omaha. The state of the art health center will feature services prioritized by the community in a series of forums hosted in partnership with the Empowerment Network and others. Set to open in 2016, the building will have physicians working in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, women’s health, behavioral health, 24 hour pharmacy and emergency departments. Physical therapy and occupational therapy will also be available. Meeting space for community members will be another added feature. Kevin Nokels, president of CUMC, has also played a key role with employment and economic development in North Omaha.

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Nebraska Medicine also has a solid and growing presence in North Omaha. The Clarkson and Nebraska Medical Center Hospitals are two of the primary locations used by North Omaha residents. Nebraska Medicine also has community outreach offices in a plaza on Ames Street. The organization hosts and participates in various health events throughout the year.

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Beyond the large health systems, North Omaha is blessed and fortunate to have strong leaders and organizations dedicated to improving health outcomes in the community. Ira Combs is ever present throughout the community and available wherever called on. Combs has won national recognition, including a visit to the White House, for his community-based health approaches, innovative programs for youth and commitment to anyone who needs services. Shari Nared, affectionately dubbed “the STD Lady” by youth and young adults, has made it her mission to educate the community and eliminate STDs in the community. The Women’s Fund, with outreach consultant Brenda Council, has also joined in the battle with a comprehensive campaign to reduced STDs called Get Checked Omaha. Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, leads Creighton University’s Center for Health Disparities and has created very successful programs, including a national model for increasing diversity in health career professions. Dr. Kosoko has also partnered with many entities on a recent initiative, REACH, to specifically address the health and exercise of AfricanAmericans in the city. REACH is led by Dr. Richard Brown. Wayne Houston and Renaisa Anthony, lead efforts in partnership with Dr. Dejun Su with the Nebraska Medicine’s Center for Health Disparities. The Center is developing a series of new programs and opportunities. Doris Lassiter, CEO of the Nebraska Center for Healthy Families, is a strategic leader and partner on many of these initiatives in North Omaha. Doris Moore, CEO of Center for Holistic Development, is a key leader in bringing attention and awareness to the mental and behavioral needs in the community and consistently highlighting the need for culturally sensitive care. Heartland Family Services, Lutheran Family Services and Catholic Charities are significant players in helping to address a myriad of social issues. Each organization offers a wide range of services in the community, reaching thousands of families. In addition, the Nebraska Family Collaborative is the lead organization in the city as the primary contractor for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Many of these agencies are supported by the United Way and it’s donors. With a new strategic plan completed, the United Way is focused on reducing poverty by addressing education, workforce development and basic needs. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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When leaders from across the nation conduct sites visits in Omaha, they are pleasantly surprised and in some cases overwhelmed by the number of community-based organizations working to prepare youth for success. While there is not enough space to highlight all of them here, these are some of the organizations making a positive impact in North Omaha: The Urban League of Nebraska under the leadership of former police chief, Thomas Warren, Jr., has blossomed over the past five years. The League serves hundreds of middle school, high school and college age young men and women primarily in the areas of education and employment. The team prepares participants through programs, including The Whitney Young Academy, Urban League Youth Empowerment Series, Urban League University and more. Banister’s Leadership Academy has burst onto the scene the past four years, reaching hundreds of children of all ages through their groundbreaking leadership development programs. Founder and Executive Director, Akile Banister, launched the organization with his wife after the tragic loss of family members to gun violence. The organization hosts Leadership sessions at the Malcolm X Foundation and schools throughout the metro area. Their facilitators and presenters are some of the strongest in the city. College Possible, led by Arvin Frazier, is a highly productive organization focused on preparing high school students for success at four year colleges and universities. Part of a national network, the local organization was originally launched at South High, but has expanded to Northwest, North and Benson. More than Just a Village (MTJAVA) is another up and coming organization producing outstanding results. MTJAVA boasts a 100% graduation rate and 100% college acceptance rate. Launched by founder, Antonio Moore, the program is available at South, North, Northwest and Benson. MTJAVA is best known for making leadership and service opportunities available to its participants, including trips to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. 44 |

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Avenue Scholars, originally launched as the Bright Futures Foundation, also connects hundreds of youth every year to college prep, scholarships and enrichment opportunities. For six years, the organization intentionally focused on kids of high potential, but are on the bubble with a grade point lower than 2.5. With their support hundreds have successfully entered college and graduated with degrees. The Empowerment Network is a collaborative focused on transforming Omaha into a great city, thriving and prosperous, in every zip code and neighborhood. The organization has served as a catalyst for comprehensive community development and measurable positive change. The Network works with residents and organizations to facilitate and drive collective works in the areas of employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing, violence prevention, health and healthy families, arts and culture, and mobilizing faith communities. One of the most widely known initiatives of the Empowerment Network is Omaha 360, a comprehensive violence intervention and prevention strategy. 360 is recognized by the Department of Justice and national experts as a best practice model incorporating prevention, intervention, enforcement, reentry and support services. Other large scale initiatives of the Empowerment Network include the North Omaha Cradle to Career Collaborative, Omaha AfricanAmerican Male Achievement Collaborative, North Omaha Village Zone Revitalization Plan, Step-Up Omaha! jobs program, and Revive! Business Network in partnership with Revive! Magazine. The Network also presents and hosts well attended annual events, including the MLK Week Red Carpet Premieres, Empowerment Conference and Luncheon, African-American Leadership Conference, State of North Omaha Summit and Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake. A number of important organizations are helping ex-offenders (returning citizens) as they reenter society. For job training and employment support, Goodwill Industries and Metropolitan Community College offer specific assistance with funds provided by the State of Nebraska. Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Black Men United, Compassion in Action, ReConnect to Success and other programs also offer assistance with employment and other wraparound services. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of organizations and groups, large and small, serving youth and families in North Omaha. The opportunities for youth and adults are unprecedented. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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housing After decades of “neglect and disinvestment” as described by residents, community leaders, business executives and elected officials, North Omaha is rising again. While most of the investments in North Omaha have been on the social side, more foundations, elected officials and community leaders are putting increased focus on affordable housing, mixed-income and mixed-used developments, and neighborhood revitalization.

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Home ownership has always been one of the most important keys to building wealth in communities. Urban communities have suffered because of stagnant home values caused by overall poor living conditions, redlining, low performing schools and real and perceived violence. This combined with the flight of middle and upper income families generates a marketplace where new mixed-income housing and market rate housing tends not to occur. In order to attract new businesses and shopping opportunities for residents, diversified housing and mixed income neighborhoods are critically important aspects.

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Developed under the leadership of Michael Maroney, the Miami Heights sub-division was an early effort to bring market rate housing back to North Omaha. It is a beautiful development in the heart of North Omaha featuring some of the most amazing views in the entire city. Homes range from $200,000 to $400,000 and have attracted residents who wanted to stay in North Omaha and enjoy a new home.

The City of Omaha has fueled much of the housing growth in North Omaha, especially of affordable housing. Due to the partnerships with local non-profits, Holy Name Housing, Habitat for Humanity, Omaha Economic Development Corporation and others, dozens of neighborhoods have experienced increases in new home availability. Holy Name Housing, under the leadership of recently retired executive director, Sister Marilyn Ross, has built or helped rehab 700 housing units. Numerous neighborhoods in North Omaha have been dramatically transformed with quality new homes, cottages and senior living spaces. Sister Ross leaves a legacy of commitment to holistic community development and families who have experienced home ownership for the very first time. Some of her most notable developments include Monmouth Park, refurbished Leo Vaughan Manor, Prospect Village, and the $29 million St. Richards Campus development in partnership with Heartland Family Service. Habitat for Humanity has established itself as a major player in the redevelopment of housing in North Omaha. With a focus on increasing home ownership and replacing old dilapidated housing, Habitat and CEO Amanda Brewer work to help rebuild neighborhoods one home or, in some cases, one block at a time. Hundreds of diverse families have moved into home ownership with the support of Habitat. 46 |

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Michael Maroney, first with his own non-profit New Community Development Corporation and now with Omaha Economic Development Corporation, has played a leadership role in the revitalization of key areas in North Omaha. With New Community Development Corporation, Maroney worked to help build Miami Heights, Concorde Square, Salem Village and Grace Plaza. Then, after joining OEDC, the organization has successfully completed the restoration of the Margaret Apartments on 16th Street, Fair Deal Senior Village and single family homes near 25th and Burdette. The Margaret Apartments won state wide recognition for its groundbreaking use of geo-thermal energy and solar panels to reduce energy costs for residents. Maroney has led the development of over 500 housing units in North Omaha. GESU Housing led by Jesuit Brother Mike Wilmot, has intentionally focused on block by block housing development. Their innovative efforts have helped to stabilize several neighborhoods with solid, sustainable homes. While primarily working through other non-profits, the City of Omaha has taken a leadership role in developing townhomes along North 24th Street, infill developments near 45th and Lake, and larger scale housing efforts near 16th Street, 20th Street and 25th Street between Burdette and Cuming Streets.

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housing church was J.C. Wade Manor led by Salem Baptist Church. Salem’s involvement continued with the creation of Salem Village I and II in partnership with New Community Development Corporation. Pilgrim Baptist Church partnered with OEDC to make apartments available to seniors near 24th and Hamilton. Another faith leader in the area of housing development is Pastor Joseph Shannon of Greater St. Paul Ministries. Working with the City of Omaha, Shannon has led developments, including Shannon Heights, Greenview Estates and Bethesda Homes. Abide Ministries, with Josh, Ron and Twanny Dotzler leading the way, takes a house at a time approach and puts more emphasis on restoration and rehabilitation of homes. The ministry purchases and renovates homes in neighborhoods which have been previously impacted by violence to establish what they refer to as Light Houses. Another organization which has been on the forefront of the housing and revitalization efforts is Family Housing Advisory Services under the leadership of executive director, Teresa Hunter. FHAS assists by preparing renters to become home owners. The dynamic organization offers valuable training opportunities covering a range of topics including: homelessness prevention; transitioning to home ownership; financial literacy and empowerment; and stabilizing neighborhoods. FHAS also manages Omaha 100, a lending service providing mortgage services for home buyers. Bob Armstrong, former director of the Omaha Housing Authority, was a trailblazer recognized nationally for his work in the area of housing and revitalization. He instituted groundbreaking efforts to help public housing residents navigate the difficult waters towards self-sufficiency. Armstrong was a man before his time as he introduced innovative training and job placement programs.

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OEDC, the Empowerment Network and others, with financial support from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and Sherwood Foundation, facilitated the development of the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan which was passed unanimously by the Planning Board and Omaha City Council. The communitybased vision and plan focused on four key nodes of opportunity in North Omaha which could become catalyst for redevelopment. Each of these areas now have major developments under way including: Prospect Village, 75 North’s Highlander, Adams Park/ Malcolm X, Fair Deal Urban Village at 24th and Lake, CHI Creighton University Medical Center at 24th and Cuming and more. Please see the Progress Update in this guide featuring these projects and other mixed-income and retail developments in North Omaha.

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Arts & Culture When someone talks about the history of North Omaha, it is the music, the food and the names that generate the energy, smiles, laughter and unbridled enthusiasm. When long-time residents start waving their hands, pointing down the street and vividly reminiscing about the time when North 24th Street was jumping, it gets your heart pounding and almost makes you feel like you are reliving the moment.

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They will tell you about the movie theaters, dance clubs, businesses and so much more lining the streets. They talk about buying ice cream, flowers, suits and shoes. They talk about the sports teams and social clubs. They talk about going to the dentist or doctor right in the neighborhood. But mostly, they talk about the music and food!

24th and Lake and, to some extent, North 16th Street were magnets in the heyday for the top musicians in the country. With limited access to mainstream hotels and music venues, the best of the best played on North 24th Street. For decades, the question has been, “Can 24th and Lake rise again?” Can we create a thriving arts, culture, entertainment and business district? Can we create an economic engine built on the rich history of the area, but based on the contemporary artists, restored buildings and new venues?

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Over the past 40 years, numerous plans have been created for the redevelopment of 24th and Lake. Some have had momentary success, while others are still on paper in files covered with dust. In the past eight years, the Chamber of Commerce, Empowerment Network, OEDC and others have gathered public comments and recommendations and introduced comprehensive visions for arts and culture in North Omaha. Finally, the visions are beginning to take shape. Love’s Jazz and Arts Center is the center piece of the revival. The Center is routinely generating crowds of 100+ by bringing in local, regional and national jazz, blues and gospel artists on a regular basis. Under the leadership of Executive Director Tim Clark, Love’s is also partnering to bringing in national exhibits. 50 |

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The Union for Contemporary Art, founded by Bridgette McQueen, is bringing a new vibe to the area as well. The Union has attracted a diverse audience to large and small exhibits and innovative events. Though they are in transition at the moment, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts/Carver Bank Building has featured a wide array of events and activities including many that have brought a younger, hip hop driven crowd to 24th and Lake. The building is used as a public venue for discussions, art exhibits and private events. The Great Plains Black History Museum board has a new vision and direction, and is in discussions about a new venue. The organization currently has exhibit space at Crossroads Mall, but has presented exciting plans for a new, state of the art building. The former Great Plains Black History Museum location, Webster Telephone Company Building, has been purchased and plans are in the works for a major renovation. While not immediately in the 24th and Lake area, the Malcolm X Foundation now has its own building and hosts numerous cultural events and activities throughout the year. The Center has a bold vision for the future which includes an amphitheater, museum, mixed-income living spaces, urban gardens and more. The potential for the Center is unlimited.

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Deb Bunting, Heritage Arts Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council, has consistently reinforced that the best way to revive a community is through the economic engine of an arts and culture district. Her national research shows the best way to start the movement is by presenting large, successful events. North Omaha is benefiting from this sound advice. Stacy Westbrook has also played an important role by helping to expand MLK week activities with wellattended Red Carpet Movie Premieres, innovative educational programs, and inspiring musical events.

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Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake has grown into one of the largest events in North Omaha, attracting over 3,000 the first Saturday in December. The new holiday tradition and celebration features a full day of activities, including: carriage rides, Nativity scene with live animals; gospel and jazz music; art displays and hands on activities; food from North Omaha restaurants; merchandise from North Omaha artists; and much more. Stroll Down Memory Lane held during Native Omaha Days also brings thousands back to North 24th Street to listen to great live music - jazz, gospel, old school, R&B, and more - while also enjoying food and fellowship. Beyond the venues and events, a number of organizations and outstanding artists are generating positive buzz in the community. North Omaha continues to produce amazingly talented artists. When it comes to gospel, Omaha is richly blessed. Gospel artists like Millicent Crawford, Dani Cleveland, Eric and Doriette Jordan, Rachele Sanders and others grace the stages of events throughout the city. The jazz scene is pumping again with the likes of Ed Archibald, Š2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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The Last Few and the Potash Twins. R&B is alive and well with R Style and others. WGO Orchestra is a soulful collaboration of men and women who embrace the feel good music from the Motown era. Another reason for excitement is the emergence of a whole new crew. Felicia Webster and Michele Troxclair and the Wordsmiths are shaking up the city with a mix of spoken word and passion filled songs, with a flavor of inspiration and social justice at their Verbal Gumbo events. Miguel Mason is hosting some of the classiest, most elegant and positive entertainment events in striking settings at top venues across the city. Bird Williams and Flyte have brought a fresh sound to the table to make sure the Hip Hop generation is not left out. Could you imagine having all of these talented artists and movement creators concentrated in one spot? Periodically, during some large events, you can see and hear them at 24th and Lake. Could you imagine what’s possible if on any given weekend, you could go to the Village at 24th and Lake and experience the amazing, unmatched celebration of AfricanAmerican culture through all these various venues, music, food and artists? That’s the vision. Let’s make it happen!

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$500 Million in Development Underway in North Omaha North Omaha is finally attracting large scale private/ public initiatives and projects. Because the developments and revitalization are not all centered in one location like Aksarben Village or Destination Midtown, the collective investment is not as noticeable. Two of the driving forces and catalysts in securing new investments and bringing more attention to the physical redevelopment needs of the area were the North Omaha Development Plan (NODP) and the North Omaha Village Revitalization Plan (NOVRP). The NODP was led by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and identified areas with the greatest potential for development. It was successful in increasing awareness about the economic benefits of redeveloping North Omaha and helping to bring several projects to fruition, including: the First National Bank on Ames and financial corridor; Aldi Store on Sorenson; Culinary Arts Institute to the Fort Omaha Campus; and, working with elected officials and the Workforce Board to locate Heartland Workforce Solutions on Ames Avenue. Then, after nearly three years of input and planning meetings with the community and stakeholders, on July 11, 2011, the North Omaha Village Zone Revitalization Plan was passed unanimously by the Omaha City Council. The vision focused on what was once referred to as the “Near Northside” in North Omaha with the boundaries of 54 |

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16th Street on the east, 36th on the west, Pratt Street on the north and Cuming Street on the south. The development of the Village Revitalization Plan was facilitated by the Empowerment Network in partnership with Omaha Economic Development Corporation, City of Omaha, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, Omaha Housing Authority, Family Housing Advisory Services, Holy Name Housing, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Sherwood Foundation and two urban planning consultants, H3 Studio and Schemmer & Associates. The Village Plan builds on previous studies, including the North Omaha Development Plan which also included the areas of 30th and Ames and 30th and Sorenson. Four years later, all of the areas are receiving much needed attention and new developments are accelerating. Different organizations are now leading various elements of the plan. 16th and Cuming continues to be driven by the private market. Omaha Economic Development Corporation has helped to lead most of the new plans and development along North 24th Street. The Fair Deal Village Marketplace initiative was one of the first large scale projects after the approval of the Revitalization Plan. A $12 million development includes a state of the art senior village, single family homes, the Union for Contemporary Art and artist gallery. The next phase will include the cutting edge concept, Fair Deal Village Marketplace. The development will include a healthy neighborhood food store, restoration of the Fair Deal Café, and offer innovative container stores for small entrepreneurs. New plans for the Blue Lion Center are also on the drawing board. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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These plans were built on work from previous city plans including the work of retired City of Omaha Economic Development Manager, Ken Johnson. Who was a major player for over two decades in the Planning Department, bringing much needed attention and development to North Omaha. Johnson was instrumental in the large scale mixed-used developments along 72nd Street, Ames and Sorenson and numerous other projects vital to North Omaha. He continues to play key roles in significant revitalization projects.

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Terrie Jackson-Miller was another central figure in keeping North Omaha development needs and priorities in front of decision makers. Jackson-Miller focused on Minority Business Development at the Chamber of Commerce. After her retirement, she became the first Executive Director for North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and has since continued sharing her experience with the next generation as an adjunct professor at UNO and MCC. At the 24th and Cuming/Hamilton area, Omaha Economic Development Corporation built the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties’ new North Omaha Learning Center in 2014. The $4.9 million building houses one of the nation’s most innovative approaches to high quality early childhood development. Just blocks south, on the corner of 24th and Cuming, OEDC worked with McDonald’s to replace an older building with one of the corporations newest concept restaurants. And, after working with the Empowerment Network and many partners to gain community input and feedback, CHI Health and Creighton University have embarked on the building of a $35 million health center on the northwest corner of 24th and Cuming. In the 30th and Parker/Lake Street area, the 75 North Revitalization Corporation, led by Othello Meadows is making progress on the first phase of the Highlander initiative. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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Metropolitan Community College has broken ground on its $90 million expansion on the Fort Omaha Campus in North Omaha. The Malcolm X Foundation has developed a new master plan and is moving forward. The City of Omaha has led a process to refine the new vision for Adams Park. Other organizations, including the City of Omaha, Habitat for Humanity, Holy Name Housing and others are actively working on infill housing strategies. Please see the Housing and Revitalization article on page 46. The progress in North Omaha would not have been possible without the direct involvement and engagement of residents, neighborhood association leaders, pastors and faith leaders, community-based organizations and youth. Participation in meetings and important sessions attracted the interest and coincided with large investments made by major foundations including Sherwood, Weitz, Lozier, Holland, Kiewit and others. The investments from philanthropic organizations and public entities, followed by the preliminary private investors, are having a positive and measurable impact on North Omaha. Add in the other developments outlined in this guide and the total exceeds $500 million! There is much work ahead and significant, sustained investments are needed to fully reverse the decades of neglect of the physical infrastructure and revitalization needs of North Omaha. As the community builds on the momentum and actively takes part in the development through employment, contracting, entrepreneurship and mixed-income housing, opportunities to build wealth and community ownership are increasing at a steady pace. Building on its rich history and resiliency, North Omaha stands at the doorstep of a truly promising and thriving future. 56 |

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State Senator Tanya Cook

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School Board Vice President Yolanda Williams

Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing

School Board Member Marque Snow

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A collaborative group of North Omaha elected officials have played a pivotal and instrumental role in the community progress. Their work has provided the platform and foundation for the restoration and revitalization which has been desired by residents for decades. Their ability to work together and champion community-based priorities has produced positive and measurable results. Legislation has been introduced and passed, initiatives supported, funding aligned and solutions implemented. Councilman Ben Gray, Commissioner Chris Rodgers, and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing have been consistently engaged throughout the nine year process. They have collaborated with others to focus on community development, job training, violence prevention, health, juvenile justice and youth employment. State Senator Tanya Cook, former State Senator Brenda Council, former School Board President Freddie Gray and Metropolitan Board Member Fred Conley have all made significant contributions and partnered on important work in the areas of health, education and housing. Cook, Council and State Senator Ernie Chambers have fought key battles and passed major laws in the State Legislature, including: prison reform, ban the box, voter id, education, and juvenile justice. Senators Heath Mello and Brad Ashford, now Congressman, were also major players on groundbreaking legislation. Gray, Kris Carter, Yolanda Williams, Marque Snow and Justin Wayne have all pushed for policies and funding to support improvements in the educational system within OPS and the Learning Community. An action plan, strategic plan, historic school improvement bond, new Learning Community Center of North Omaha, and numerous other projects have been approved. The North Omaha elected officials have also teamed with Mayor Jean Stothert, former City Council president Pete Festersen, Congressman Brad Ashford, State Senator Heath Mello, Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, and their colleagues, Republican and Democrat, to bring more attention to the specific needs of North Omaha. While everyone agrees there’s much work ahead, the collaborative efforts are making a difference. Building on the learning experiences and successes during seven years of collaboration, many of the community-based strategies were incorporated into the Transformation 2025 plan in 2014. The 10 year vision is complete with long-term goals and annual benchmarks. The elected officials don’t agree on every issue, but there is a growing consensus that it is finally time to invest at a greater level to address the unemployment and poverty which have severely impacted North Omaha for decades. While all organizations and elected officials maintain their independence and answer to their respective boards and voters, they realize the importance of collaboration, alignment and strategic reinvestment. By working collectively and strategically, these long-standing gaps will be closed. Omaha will be a great city, thriving and prosperous, in every zip code and every neighborhood. 57


Business & Entrepreneurial resources Where do I go for assistance if I want to start a business in North Omaha? For years, this has been an on-going and difficult question to answer. Entrepreneurs and small business owners now have a wide range of places to go for help in every phase of their business. Nebraska is consistently being ranked as a great place to launch a business and frequently identified for its emerging tech related entrepreneurs. The state is also home to high level venture capitalists, making the region even more of a magnet for launching businesses. Catholic Charities Microloan Program

The entrepreneurial environment hasn’t always reached North Omaha or seemed available to minority groups. Revive! Omaha Magazine, in partnership with the Empowerment Network, set out in late 2014 to identify what resources where available to North Omaha and AfricanAmerican entrepreneurs. A closer look revealed more opportunities than previously thought. While there are still significant gaps, specifically related to access to credit and capital, entrepreneurs who are willing to work the process will find what they need is closer than they may have realized. For businesses in the idea phase and looking to get started, the Omaha Small Business Network is a great place to go. Julia Parker, executive director, can quickly help entrepreneurs assess where they are in the process and where they can go for the next step. OSBN offers technical assistance, classes and can make loans up to $50,000 if a business meets eligibility guidelines and has been turned down by a bank.

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The Start Center, founded by Julian Young, is another specific launching pad for people with an idea. The Start Center features a series of 10-11 week sessions to assist businesses with fine-tuning their vision, developing a business plan, finding coaches from their industry and seeking financial investments. The Start Center has established very positive relationships with highly successful small business operators who offer solid advice to upstarts. For businesses looking for a small investment to get things moving, Catholic Charities offers an 8-9 week program with 16 classes in its Christ Child North Center. Participants receive vitally important training and could qualify for a micro loan up to $5,000. Originally started in South Omaha 20 years ago, the program which shows a high level of success was expanded to North Omaha in 2011. It is another great starting place.

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The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce offers a number of programs and services aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Thrive Program which is focused on small to medium companies that have been operating for a minimum of three years. It offers training, coaching, mentoring and connections to financial resources for expansion. Recently, the Chamber launched REACH, which is more focused on connecting minority, small and emerging businesses to contract opportunities with public organizations. The Chamber also consistently offers networking and educational opportunities for small businesses. Š2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Several years ago, the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Diversity Council based in Denver, Colorado, established an office in Omaha. Led by Market President Belinda Hooks, the MPMSDC is a growing and powerful presence in the community. With a national reach and proven track record, the Council helps minority businesses connect with and develop contracts with private corporations. The Council has tremendous experience in this area, helping minority businesses to sign millions of dollars in business with local, regional and national corporations. They offer a wide range of services starting with a needs assessment to help entrepreneurs better understand and document what they have to offer. After the needs assessment, the Council is able to match the business with training, technical assistance, networking, bidding opportunities, bonding and other financial tools. Access to credit and capital is typically one of the biggest barriers for businesses in North Omaha. In addition to the micro-loans at Catholic Charities and loans up to $50,000 at the Omaha Small Business Network, another option is the Nebraska Enterprise Fund. Terrence Coleman leads efforts for the NEF in the Omaha area and has the ability to lend up to $150,000 to businesses. NEF is making a concentrated effort to extend services and opportunities in North Omaha. It’s important for business owners to review all of the options available for financing and growing their business.

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Entrepreneurs must determine if debt or equity financing makes the most sense for them. They also have a range of tools including borrowing from family or friends; traditional bank loan; SBA loan; loans from organizations listed here; angel investors; and a new option, crowd funding. Each require significant research to determine which is best for the business. For the youth in North Omaha, J’s Braintrust works with students in the after school program at Monroe Middle School. Efforts are now underway to offer entrepreneurship training to other schools starting as early as elementary. Benson High School was recently approved as a Magnet for Business, Entrepreneurship, Health, Construction and Design. The school will offer unique business and entrepreneurial classes for students. Other OPS high schools also offer classes and clubs for those interested in business. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has a very useful web-site and under the leadership of Dell Gines, has launched workshops and a new curriculum for students and business owners. In addition to these organizations and resources, the Small Business Administration and Nebraska Small Business Development Center are also available to support entrepreneurs. Depending on the specific industries and needs, they offer an array of training sessions, products and helpful contacts. Over the past five years, the State of Nebraska has created a number of funding opportunities for business start-ups in specific fields. Revive! Omaha Magazine hosts a monthly luncheon for African-American business owners. For more information, please go to www.reviveomaha.com. ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


African-American Entrepreneurs and Business owners One of the primary goals for Revive! Omaha Magazine is to help bring awareness to and assist with the growth and expansion of African-American businesses and entrepreneurs. We are excited to highlight some of the businesses making waves in the city, nationally and in some cases on an international scale. While some have been successful executives and business leaders for decades, others have emerged recently.

Herb Rhodes

Herb Rhodes, founder and President of American Harvest Company, builds on North Omaha’s rich history and continues a family legacy. Dr. Herb Rhodes has been recognized nationally and internationally for his outstanding success in business. He has held significant leadership positions and is highly accomplished in the areas of agriculture, the cattle industry and commodities trading. A highly regarded expert in his field, Rhodes could operate his business from anywhere in the country, but made the decision to stay in the heart of North Omaha.

Tim Christian

Tim Christian, founder and CEO of Night Fox Entertainment, is a rising star in the film industry. Behind the scenes, Christian has raised millions of dollars for successful business ventures throughout the United States. With offices in Omaha and California, Christian has traveled the nation building relationships and negotiating business deals for nearly two decades. With his latest work, he has moved into the highly competitive field of financing top level movies with several of them now moving into national distribution. Christian is committed to his home town, making Omaha the headquarters for his business and working to make the city a mecca for movie productions.

Shonna Dorsey

Shonna is one of the founders and current President of Interface Web School. Dorsey is a dynamic innovator in the field of technology, computer programming and tech training. Launched several years ago, Interface is creating the next generation of computer programmers and coders. Graduates from her 11- week programs are moving into positions making $40,000 to over $70,000 in high demand fields where there are hundreds of thousands of openings across the country. Dorsey’s relentless pursuit of excellence and passion for giving back to children and organizations in North Omaha will pay great dividends for the entire city of Omaha.

Jason Fischer

Jason Fischer, founder and CEO of Surreal Media Labs, is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the branding, marketing and video production arena across the country. Already having completed work internationally, Fischer has been locally recognized with major awards for his outstanding work. Counting the City of Omaha, Empowerment Network, OEDC, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Hathaway, Omaha Film Festival and many others as clients, Surreal Media Labs delivers high powered video productions, documentaries, commercials and a full array of marketing and media products, including all social media platforms. Stay up to date online at ReviveOmaha.com

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African-American Entrepreneurs and Business owners Ed Taylor & Carmen Baker

One of the most exciting recent developments in North Omaha is the official opening and launch of North End Teleservices, LLC., a full service contact center. A partnership between the Omaha Economic Development Corporation and two industry leaders, Ed Taylor and Carmen Baker, North End has the potential to quickly bring over 200 jobs, including 20 managerial positions to the heart of North Omaha on N. 24th Street. For years, the opening of a call center has been discussed as one of the best opportunities to bring jobs into the area. North End will help answer the call and go beyond a traditional center, but offer services related to all areas of contact management. The business has already made a commitment to the community by investing on North 24th Street, which will allow employees to reduce transportation costs and commute time and also encourage the support of local neighborhood businesses. The center features state of the art technology, competitive wages with full benefits, an inspiring employee centric culture, and an executive team which brings over 60 years of call center experience.

Kevin Reddick

A licensed arborist in the State of Nebraska. Kevin Reddick, owner of Husker Tree and Landscaping, has recently expanded his businesses by securing significant contracts. A contractor providing a full scope of services related to landscaping and lawn care, but is best known for his work related to tree trimming and tree removal. He and others are living proof that African-Americans can be successful in all lines of work and there are opportunities to build a business in every field.

Dick & Sharon Davis

Dick and Sharon Davis of Davis Companies were recognized nationally for their leadership and expertise with a Business of Year Award presented by the SBA. Davis Companies is one of the largest AfricanAmerican businesses in the region and successfully does businesses in numerous states across the country. Over the years, Davis Companies has also opened the door for minority entrepreneurs to gain contracts with the City of Omaha, Omaha Public Schools and other public entities. Under the leadership of Dick Davis, Davis Companies has made significant contributions in supporting the education of youth in the community, especially North Omaha students through scholarships and strategic investments. Serving on various boards and commissions, Davis has been instrumental in helping direct major funding to important efforts through the city and state.

Patricia “Big Mama” Barron

Made with soul in North Omaha! Patricia “Big Mama” Barron, her daughter Gladys and other family members are cooking their way into creating an internationally recognized brand name. On a daily basis, you can see customers from all over the city stopping by to purchase delicious food at Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop at 24th and Lake or sitting down to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Turning Point Campus. Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2008; the Travel Channel’s “101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down” list in 2010; the Sundance Channel’s “Ludo Bites America” in 2011; and, a number of national magazines. 62 |

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Don McPherson

Don McPherson is a classic entrepreneur. After decades of executive leadership and being an award winning general manager at large retail establishments, Don stepped out in faith to launch Styles of Evolution at 24th and Ohio, right in the heart of the historic AfricanAmerican community. An early innovator, Styles is a significant and key investment to the rebuilding and revitalization efforts for the 24th and Lake Arts, Culture, Business and Entertainment District. For seven years, McPherson has operated a store which features men’s and women’s clothes, shoes and accessories, including jewelry, hats, and ties. In addition to serving neighborhood residents with quality merchandise and great pricing, Don has maintained an unwavering commitment to the community and actively participates in events and activities to draw visitors and shoppers back to North Omaha.

Shawn Buchanan

It is a behind the scenes operation. Most Omahans have no idea that All American Meats is a multi-million dollar business located in North Omaha. Shawn Buchanan has quietly built a $40 million enterprise which ships its products across the United States. All American Meats has become known in the food production industry for high quality products. In an article in Black Enterprise, Buchanan’s company was listed as No. 69 on the Black Enterprise 100s list of the nation’s largest Black-owned industrial/service companies. After retiring from professional baseball and successfully managing with Nebraska Beef, Buchanan launched All American Meats nearly 20 years ago in 1996. Buchanan again shows what’s possible in a variety of fields.

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Directory Many of the following paid advertisers can also be found in ads throughout this issue. If you would like to advertise in the 2016-2017 edition of the North Omaha Community and Business Guide, please contact us at info@reviveomaha.com or at 402-490-1542.

Allstate James Stinson 719 N 132nd St. 402-498-2718 jamesstinson@allstate.com Alzheimer’s Association 1941 South 42nd St., Suite 205 402.502.4301 www.alz.org American National Bank 3147 Ames Ave 402-451-5100 www.anbank.com

Chamber of Commerce 1301 Harney St. 402.978.7929 www.GoAheadTHRIVE.com www.omahachamber.org Charles Drew Health Center 2915 Grant St. 402-457-1200 www.charlesdrewhcomaha.org CHI Health www.chihealth.com

Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering 3223 N 45th St. 402-455-6262 www.bigmamaskitchen.com

Creighton University 2500 California Plaza 402-280-2700 www.creighton.edu

Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop 2416 Lake St. 402-933-6622 www.bigmamassandwichshop.com

District 24 Toastmasters International – Why Not Speak (Club #3222923) Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church 3336 Lake Street 402-707-3898 3222923.toastmastersclubs.org

Boys Town 5752 Ames Avenue 402-934-2368 www.boystown.org Catholic Charities Christ Child North Center 2111 Emmet Street Phone 402-453-6363 www.ccomaha.org Catholic Charities The Daniel E. Sheehan Center 3300 N. 60th St. 402-554-0520      www.ccomaha.org Catholic Charities Omaha Campus for Hope 1490 N 16th St. 402-827-0570 www.ccomaha.org

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DotKom Studios Photography and Photobooth 402-301-4741 www.dotkomstudios.com Dupree Photography 3339 N 124th St. 402-493-9292 www.dupreesphoto.com Family Housing Advisory Services 2401 Lake St. Ste 201 402-934-7921 4 Real Wireless 4511 North 72nd St. 402-502-7326 www.4realwireless.com

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Empowerment Network 105 North 31st Ave. Suite 101 402-502-5153 Great Plains Black History Museum Crossroads Mall 7400 Dodge St 402-216-3852 Habitat for Humanity 1701 N 24th St 402-457-5657 www.habitatomaha.org Hayes and Associates 1015 N 98th St #200 402-390-2480 www.hayes-cpa.com Hope Center for Kids 2200 N 20th St 402-341-4673 www.hopecenterforkids.com The House of Amod 12th and Jackson 402-216-6537 Husker Tree and Landscaping 402-612-0430 Huskertree_landscaping@yahoo.com iCheck In Out 402-203-0927 www.icheckinout.net J’s Braintrust Consulting Services Inc. 2505 North 24th St. #211 402-933-8868 www.jsbraintrust.org Jordan Music Jordanmusic2000@gmail.com Lake Point Center 2401 Lake St. 402-934-6603 www.lakepointomaha.com

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Businesses & organizations Many of the following paid advertisers can also be found in ads throughout this issue. If you would like to advertise in the 2016-2017 edition of the North Omaha Community and Business Guide, please contact us at info@reviveomaha.com or at 402-490-1542.

Learning Community Center of North Omaha 1612 N. 24th St. 402-964-2405 www.learningcommunityds.org

Nelson Mandela Elementary 6316 N 30th St. 402-991-1444 nelsonmandelaelementary.org

The Omaha Star 2216 N. 24th St. 402-346-4041 www.theomahastar.com

Lewis Counseling 2505 N. 24th St. STE 110 402-504-9499 lewiscounselingservices.webnode.com

No More Empty Pots 1127 N 20th St. 402-502-1642 www.nomoreemptypots.org

Psalms 127:3 Child Care Ministry, Inc. 3020 Huntington Ave 402-614-4257

Light in a Dark Place 402-502-0655 402-850-3729

North End Teleservices 1500 N. 24th St. 402-934-3624 www.northendteleservices.com

Live Well 1516 Cuming St. www.livewell.org Lovely Nai Photography 402-880-6556 www.lovelynai.com Metropolitan Community College 5300 N 30th St. 402-457-2400 www.mccneb.edu

Omaha Economic Development Corporation 2221 N 24th St #205 402-346-2300 www.oedc.info Omaha 360 105 North 31st Ave. Suite 101 (402) 502-5153

Rare Bird Innovations 402-403-1989 REACH Creighton University 2500 California Plaza 402-280-4112 creighton.edu/health/cphhe/reach/ Salem Baptist Church Stepping Saints Drill Team 3131 Lake St. 402-455-1000

Omaha OIC 2724 N 24th St. 402-457-4222

Shotgun Haus Designers www.shotgunhausdesigners.com 402-415-6633

Omaha Public Schools 3215 Cuming St. 402-557-2222 www.district.ops.org

Styles of Evolution 2522 N 24th St. 402-455-2426 www.stylesofevolution.com

MoHauling 3119 N. 14th Ave. www.facebook.com/Mohauling 402-208-7784

Omaha Section-National Council of Negro Women, Inc. P.O. Box 11625 os.ncnw@gmail.com omahasectionncnw.weebly.com

Urban League of Nebraska 3040 Lake St. 402-451-1066 www.urbanleagueneb.org

MOTAC 3801 Harney St. 402-546-1099 www.motac.org

Omaha Small Business Network 2505 North 24th St. 402-453-5336 www.osbnbtc.org

Worthy Dental 6530 Sorensen Pkwy 402-571-7200 www.worthy-dental.com

Midlands Mentoring Partnership 115 S. 49th Avenue 402.715.4175 www.mmpomaha.org Miracles N Motion 402-203-5102 www.morinda.com/3078543

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Directory Abide Network/Bridge Church 3126 Lake Street (402) 932-0455

Day Spring Church 6301 Irvington Rd. (402) 573-5188

Abundant Living Worship Center 2425 Mary Street (402) 813-4437

Eagle’s Nest 5775 Sorensen Pkwy (402) 571-9191

Afresh Anointing Church 4757 N. 24th Street (402) 932-2603

Enoch Baptist Church 4004 Ames Ave. (402) 991-3289

Agape Worship Center Intl. 5401 N. 90th Street

Fellowship Christian Center 3211 Pinkney Street (402) 502-9699

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church 2842 Monroe Street (402)734-3399 Ambassadors Worship Center 5417 N 103rd Street (402) 341-1866 Bethel A.M.E. Church 2428 Franklin Street (402) 342-0297 Bethesda Temple SDA Church 3725 Ames Avenue (402) 455 0601 Cathedral of Love 2816 Ames Avenue (402) 453-5898 Christ For The City International 5332 South 138th Street (402) 592-8332 Church of the Living God 2029 Binney Street (402) 451-4742 Clair Memorial UMC Church 5544 Ames Avenue (402) 451-8322

Fort Street Church of Christ 5922 Fort Street (402) 453-4649 Freedom Worship Center 3025 Parker Street (402) 453-0840 Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church 4102 Florence Boulevard (402) 934-6554 God’s Missionary Baptist Church 5036 Terrace Dr. (402) 573-0405 Greater St. Paul 2123 Miami Street (402) 341-2231 Hope Center for Kids 2200 N. 20th Street (402) 341-HOPE Hope Lutheran Church 2723 N. 30th Street (402) 453-1583

Cleaves Temple C.M.E. Church 2431 Decatur St. (402) 342-0919

Hope of Glory/Williams Prepared Place 3525 Evans Street (402) 991-3948

Compassion In Action Inc. 6119 Florence Blvd. (402) 451-4500

Inspirational House of Prayer 4248 Lake Street (402) 453-1613

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Jehovah Shammah Church International 3020 Huntington Avenue (402) 457-5646 Joy of Life Ministries 6401 N. 56th Street (402) 399-9628 King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church 3202 Evans Street (402) 455-0358 Kingdom Builders Christian Center 4039 Charles Street (402) 502-1670 Koinonia House of Worship/ Family First 3208 Corby St. (402) 455-2212 Love Deliverance Temple Church 3036 Bedford (402) 455-1260 Morning Star Baptist Church 2019 Burdette Street (402) 342-0018 Mt. Calvary Community Church 5112 Ames Avenue (402) 457-4216 Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church 2602 N. 24th Street (402) 451-8800 Mt. Nebo Baptist Church 5501 N. 50th Street (402) 451-4245 Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 2425 P Street (402) 738-8844 Mt. Sinai Church 4504 Bedford Avenue (402) 455-2633 New Hope Apostolic Temple 6124 N 99th St. (402) 733-0594 ©2015 SMB ENTERPRISES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Churches New Life Presbyterian Church 4060 Pratt St (402) 451-8425 New Rising Star MBC 6118 Ames Avenue (402) 455-4090 Paradise Missionary Baptist Church 2124 Lothrop Street (402) 455-3777 Pilgrim Baptist Church 2501 Hamilton Street (402) 341-6270

Sacred Heart Church 2218 Binney St. (402) 451-5755

St. Mark Baptist Church 3616 Spaulding Street (402) 451-0307

Salem Baptist Church 3131 Lake Street (402) 455-1000

The Worship Center 2021 North 24th Street (402) 341-4297

Sharon Seventh Day Adventist 3336 Lake Street (402) 453-4079

Trinity Hope Foursquare Church 4030 Redman Cir (402) 457-7820

Spirit & Truth Gospel Church 5030 N. 72nd St. (402) 991-4688

Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church 5555 Larimore Ave (402) 346-8427

St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church 2423 Grant Street (402) 708-0122

Risen Son Baptist Church 4932 Ohio Street (402) 571-5425

St. John A.M.E. Church 2402 N 22nd Street (402) 345-1070

Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church 1823 Lothrop Street (402) 451-3700

St. John Missionary Baptist Church 3912 North 16th Street (402) 451-6866

True Vine Baptist Church 5001 N. 42nd Street (402) 451-1222 Waypoint Church 1313 N 48th Ave. (402) 884-4453 Zion Baptist Church 2215 Grant Street (402) 346-1502

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