African American Histories

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    This subject area focuses on the history of African Americans in Omaha as well as other areas of the state of Nebraska. Student projects cover politics, religion, education, housing, labor, war, music, visual and dramatic arts, sports, business, journalism, community events, and migration and immigration. Within these topics, numerous themes appear and recur, including the role of the spiritual and sacred in the personal and public lives of African Americans.; the role of major figures as well as community mobilization in the advance of Black civil rights in Omaha; the effects of segregation and integration on Black education; the role of Black-owned businesses in the economic strength of the local community as well as their role as multipurpose sites, doubling as community institutions and social centers; and much more. In the end, these projects off a wide-ranging and in-depth look at the history of African Americans in Omaha and greater Nebraska.