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North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake
North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake
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North Omaha is an area in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and socio-economic composition. It is located just north of Omaha's downtown. The birthplace of Malcolm X, North Omaha has played a prominent role in African-American cultural, social, and economic history. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2170x1138, 212 KB) Eppley Airfield terminals which is in Nebraska. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2170x1138, 212 KB) Eppley Airfield terminals which is in Nebraska. ... Satellite photo showing cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs and location of Eppley Airfield Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMA, ICAO: KOMA) is a commercial airport in Omaha, Nebraska USA. It is the largest airport in the state of Nebraska. ... This is a list of articles related to North Omaha, Nebraska. ... Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area  - City  118. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Central business district. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


The area is predominately African-American. This has led to the title "North Omaha" denoting, by popular usage throughout the city, both the distinct geographic area within the city as well as the city's African American community in general.


Bordered by Dodge Street on the South; I-680 on the North; 72nd Street to the West; and East Omaha and Carter Lake, Iowa to the East,[1] North Omaha is comprised of the following zip codes: 68102, 68104, 68110, 68111. East Omaha is a geographically designated community located in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Carter Lake is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. ...


In 2006, North Omaha became the focus of national attention after North Omaha State Senator Ernie Chambers introduced an amendment that passed the Nebraska Legislature that would break up the Omaha school system into three systems which would de facto be divided along racial lines with African-Americans in North Omaha, whites in central Omaha, and Latinos/Hispanics in South Omaha. Ernie Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, representing legislative District 11. ... Omaha Public Schools is the largest school district in the state of Nebraska. ... // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... The Hispanic world. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ...

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Description

View of the SE corner of 24th & Lake Streets in North Omaha at the heart of Near North Omaha.
View of the SE corner of 24th & Lake Streets in North Omaha at the heart of Near North Omaha.

North Omaha defies definition as a neighborhood, as it is home to several distinct neighborhoods within its boundaries. At the same time, it defies definition as a community, as there are several distinct and disjunctured racial and socio-economic groupings within its boundaries. Therefore, North Omaha is best defined as a geographic region of the larger Omaha metropolitan area that has been uniquely identified by politicians, media, and mainstream society for more than a century. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 374 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) View of the SE corner of 24th & Lake St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 374 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) View of the SE corner of 24th & Lake St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake North Omaha is a staggeringly diverse area in Omaha, Nebraska that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and socio-economic composition. ... A neighbourhood or neighborhood (see spelling differences) is a geographically localised community located within a larger city or suburb. ... A community usually refers to a sociological group in a large place or collections of plant or animal organisms sharing an environment. ... Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area  - City  118. ...


Neighborhoods

North Omaha is home to many historic and rehabilitating neighborhoods. Distinct neighborhoods within North Omaha include Fontenelle Logan, Miller Park, Kellom, Fontenelle Boulevard, Conestoga Place, Minne Lusa,[2] and Hilltop, as well as the historic communities of Florence and Saratoga.[3][4] See "Demographics" for information about distinct racial and socio-economic communities within North Omaha. Florence is a neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska on the citys north end. ... With a recorded history that pre-dates the rest of Omaha, Nebraska, North Omaha has roots back to 1806 with the founding of Fort Lisa. ...

Neighborhoods in North Omaha, Nebraska are designated according to historical, socioeconomic, political and popular perception. ...

Demographics

Statistics gathered from the US Census Bureau illustrate include:

Race 68102 68110 68111
White 3,477 3,432 6,457
Black 1,230 5,314 19,108
Hispanic 465 401 1,056
Asian 287 43 129
Other 435 551 1,236
Total 5,894 9,741 27,986

In percentages, North Omaha is 59% African-American, 29% White, 5% Hispanic and 7% other. In 2003, the African American population in Omaha was estimated at 52,273 or 13.1 percent of the city’s total estimated population of 397,713. That makes African Americans the largest minority group in Omaha, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Current events

Current events in North Omaha illustrate a long legacy governmental, educational, and social programs which have shaped popular perception and molded community sentiment. This legacy may have its roots in the 1970s, when, according to one government agency,

Construction of the North Omaha Freeway coupled with social unrest in the 1970s greatly impacted the North Omaha area. One neighborhood experienced a 30 percent housing loss and major increase in crime.[5]

This legacy continues today, as evidenced by recent concern about a controversial plan by local Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers to split Omaha Public Schools into three districts, including one carved out of North Omaha.[6] Despite the following statistics that illustrate North Omaha's diverse racial composition, there is great concern that this plan would create de facto racial segregation within Omaha's schools. This plan has been approved by the Nebraska State Legislature, signed into law by the governor, and is currently making its way to the United States Supreme Court. Interstate 580 was also the designation for a 4-mile spur route in northern Omaha in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Omaha Public Schools is the largest school district in the state of Nebraska. ... Ernie Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, representing legislative District 11. ... Omaha Public Schools is the largest school district in the state of Nebraska. ...


Racism

North Omaha is commonly viewed as as an alternately violent, poor, drug-riddled community[7] where only low-income African American people live, including a recent report which states the area is purportedly "71 percent Black"[8]. Despite the plethora of positive activities focused on improving North Omaha over the years, including those listed above, local media continuously focuses on racial and economic strife within the community.


Recent controversy has focused on a spoof aired by a local radio station in which a popular area radio DJ parodied a recent North Omaha tourism promotion campaign, reportedly saying on air, "Discover miles of mayhem, Discover drive-bys, Discover gang violence, Discover North Omaha."[9] The City Council fought against this portrayal, with North Omaha city councilman Frank Brown demanding an apology from the radio station because "the spoof paints all residents of north Omaha as criminals."[10] Categories: People stubs | 1846 births | 1920 deaths | Governors of Maryland ...


Many institutions within the boundaries of North Omaha reinforce these perceptions as they seek to disassociate with the area despite their proximity within North Omaha. Such an example comes from an official Creighton University website which reports that housing in North Omaha is "...Older, smaller, more run-down... A little ways from shopping areas. It can be close to Creighton (5-10 minute drive). Many of these neighborhoods have a bad reputation and we recommend looking elsewhere for housing."[11] Creighton University, founded in 1878, is a Jesuit-Catholic college located in Omaha, Nebraska. ...


A precedent in the history of Omaha follows the same pattern of media and public institutions perpetuating popular misconceptions about African Americans. Unfortunately, in the past these situations have disintegrated into racist violence. North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake North Omaha is a staggeringly diverse area in Omaha, Nebraska that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and socio-economic composition. ...


Activities

North Omaha is home to several institutions - private and public - which anchor the community.


Businesses

North Omaha is a sustaining community with business centers on North 16th, 24th, and 30th Streets; Ames Avenue, and in other pockets. The area is the home to numerous small, locally-owned, and independent businesses. It is also the site of numerous government programs designed to spur further economic growth. Some area enterprises include Leola's Records and Tapes, Jim's Rib Haven, Goodies Gas Station, Phil's Foodway, Al's Oasis, CBC Staffing, and Goodwin's Spencer Street Barber Shop. Goodwin's, located at 3116 N 24th Street since 1955, is one of 24th Street's few legacy businesses.[12]


Community organizations

North Omaha has a range of important community based organizations and government programs conducting community development, educational assistance and low-income housing[13]. Additionally, a series of private and public ventures are developing local businesses in the community[14]. A nonprofit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... A government is a body that has the authority to make and the power to enforce rules and laws within a civil, corporate, religious, academic, or other organization or group. ... Community development, informally called community building, is a broad term applied to the practices and academic disciplines of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities. ... Look up Education in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Houses in Fishpool Street, St Albans, England For other meanings of the word house, see House (disambiguation). ...


Housing

Path Concept Home is a project that concentrates on urban development in the residential area between 25th and Parker that is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The PCH plan will serve as a template for other development projects to follow, providing homes which are good for the consumer-friendly and the environmentally conscious. These homes are required to be sold to low-income and minority families. Other organizations providing housing in North Omaha include Holy Name Housing Corporation, Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. and Rebuilding Together Omaha. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, often abbreviated HUD, is a Cabinet department of the United States government. ...


Children and youth

A number of youth organizations and programs serve North Omaha children and youth. They include the North Omaha B.E.A.R.S. football club, the Hope Center and Hope Skate, an initiative of the Hope Center. The Safe Haven Community Center is a youth center located at 2895 Binney Street[15]. The North Omaha Boys & Girls Club and Girls Inc. serve the area as well. A Youth organization is a formal organization aimed at children and adolescents for education and socialization. ... Youth programs are special opportunities created for people between the ages of 10 and 25, depending on your country. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... Youth is defined by Websters New World Dictionary as, The time of life when one is young; especially: a: the period between childhood and maturity b: the early period of existence, growth, or development. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Girls Inc. ...


Community development

Hope Plaza in North Omaha, Nebraska
Hope Plaza in North Omaha, Nebraska

Among the many community development programs are the historic Urban League of Nebraska[16], the Charles Drew Health Center[17], Heartland Family Services-FAST, New Community Development[18] and the Benson-Ames Alliance Community Plan, which is community-driven planning process for neighborhood revitalization [19]. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 366 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) View of the NW corner of 24th & Lake St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 366 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) View of the NW corner of 24th & Lake St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this...


North Omaha was extensively degradated by harmful emissions for the American Smelting and Refining Company, better known by the acronym "ASARCO". The windfall from their downtown Omaha plant has led to the community, comprising more than 8,000 acres, becoming designated by United States Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund national priority site. As of 2003, 290 acres were cleaned[20]. Today the community is the focus of the Lead Safe Omaha Coalition. The Coalition offers lead screenings and workshops on hazards of lead poisoning, safe home evaluations, lead-safe practices workshops, environmental certification training, HEPA vacuum rental, and the Information Resource Center on lead to residents through North Omaha [21]. ASARCO, Inc. ... Windfall is an NBC television series. ... EPA redirects here. ... Checking the status of a cleanup site Superfund is the common name for the United States environmental law that is officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 to 9675, which was enacted by the United States Congress on December 11... For Pb as an abbreviation, see Pb. ... Lead poisoning is a medical condition, also known as saturnism, plumbism or painters colic, caused by increased blood lead levels. ... HEPA (IPA: ) is a type of air filter. ...


Culture

The historic office of the Omaha Star.
The historic office of the Omaha Star.

North Omaha is home to a wide variety of cultural institutions, events and activities that anchor the community in a variety of ways. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Omaha Star building taken from the SE corner of 24th & Grant St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Omaha Star building taken from the SE corner of 24th & Grant St in Omaha File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia... The historic office of the Omaha Star. ...

Culture in North Omaha, Nebraska is defined by socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and political divisions among its residents. ...

Economic development

The Omaha Star has long been a source of employment and positive news for citizens in North Omaha. The North Omaha Development Project is a project of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce designed to "bring... business and community leaders together to find ways to positively impact the economic growth of the North Omaha community." It seeks to focuse on leveraging city, federal, and private sector funding to support public infrastructure and economic development. Project Map The North Omaha Business Park is located at 24th and Clark Streets, the business park is "a joint effort of the Omaha Chamber and the City of Omaha... [It is] a 15-acre development on the former Logan Fontenelle public housing site." It is home to several businesses including Wes & Willy’s, Cintas Corporation, Jobosh, Inc., and Amored Knights Company.[22] The historic office of the Omaha Star. ... Nickname: Gateway to the West Location in Nebraska Coordinates: Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D) Area    - City  118. ... Cintas NASDAQ: CTAS, the largest uniform supplier in the United States, operates 351 facilities in the United States and Canada, including 15 manufacturing plants and seven distribution centers that employ more than 28,000 people. ...


Religious

North Omaha has a variety of religious programs and faith communities. They include Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 24th and Ogden Ave, which provides a variety of outreach projects to the Miller Park community, as well as Wesley House.


Education

Important education institutions in North Omaha include Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College (Omaha) located at Fort Omaha, Omaha North High School and the Charles B. Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library, located at 2868 Ames Avenue[23]. Creighton University, founded in 1878, is a Jesuit-Catholic college located in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Metropolitan Community College (Metro) is a public community college located in Omaha, Nebraska that serves residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. ... Fort Omaha was a United States Army installation built in the vicinity of modern-day North Omaha, Nebraska. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Healthcare

North Omaha is home to several important medical institutions. They include St. Joseph's Hospital, Immanuel Medical Center and the Creighton University Medical Center. The Charles Drew Health Center provides a variety of services to low-income community members, as well[24]. Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) is a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. It is currently operated by Tenet Healthcare. ...


Political representation

North Omaha is represented on the Omaha City Council by Frank Brown, District 2[25], and Jim Suttle, who is the city councilmember from District 1. Lowen Kruse is a state senator for Nebraska's 13th Legislative District, representing far North Omaha. Ernie Chambers is the state senator for Nebraka's 11th Legislative District representing near North Omaha. Lee Terry, a Republican, represents all of Omaha, including North Omaha, as part of Nebraska's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, is the incumbent junior Senator from Nebraska, including North Omaha. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska, including North Omaha. The current Governor of Nebraska is Dave Heineman, a Republican. Categories: People stubs | 1846 births | 1920 deaths | Governors of Maryland ... Lowen Kruse (b. ... The Nebraska Legislature is the U.S. state of Nebraskas legislative branch. ... Ernie Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, representing legislative District 11. ... The Nebraska Legislature is the U.S. state of Nebraskas legislative branch. ... Lee Raymond Terry (born January 29, 1962), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the Second District of Nebraska (map). ... The 2nd Nebraska Congressional District seat encompasses the core of the Omaha metropolitan area. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Earl Benjamin Ben Nelson (born May 17, 1941 in McCook, Nebraska) is an American politician from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. ... Nebraska was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867. ... Charles Timothy Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. ... List of Nebraska Governors David Butler Republican 1867-1871 William H. James Republican 1871-1873 Robert Wilkinson Furnas Republican 1873-1875 Silas Garber Republican 1875-1879 Albinus Nance Republican 1879-1883 James W. Dawes Republican 1883-1887 John Milton Thayer Republican 1887-1892 James E. Boyd Democratic 1892-1893 Lorenzo... Governor Dave Heineman speaks after being sworn in as the 40th Governor of Nebraska. ...


Transportation

North Omaha has several main arterials. Several streets in the area are named after locally, regionally, and nationally important individuals[26] One of the main thoroughfares is North 24th Street, which, from Cuming Street on the south to Reed Street on the north, is commonly thought to represent North Omaha's greatest historical legacy and hope for the future. North 24th was addressed as Omaha's "Street of Dreams" because of the prosperity and hope it embodied for its early African American, Eastern European and Jewish residents.


Florence Boulevard, once called "The Most Prettiest Mile", runs from downtown Omaha northwards, almost intersecting with John J. Pershing Drive. In its northern segment the boulevard is home to several small mansions, and at one time was regarded for connecting Miller Park with the rest of Omaha's park system.[27] It is named after the Florence neighborhood. Another one of the city's once-regarded boulevards is Fontenelle Boulevard, called Boulevard Avenue before 1910. running from Fontenelle Park northward towards the Florence community. Fontenelle was named after Logan Fontenelle, a "last great chief" of the Omaha Tribe. It was once called Omaha's "Most Beautiful Mile". Locust Street is one of North Omaha's direct arterials into Carter Lake, Iowa. John Joseph Black Jack Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was an officer in the United States Army. ... Florence is a neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska on the citys north end. ... Florence (Italian: ) is the capital city of the region of Tuscany, Italy. ... The Omaha tribe began as a larger woodland tribe comprised of both the Omaha and Quapaw tribes. ... Carter Lake is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. ...


Several North Omaha traffic ways are named after military interests. They include Military Avenue, which is a historic road first laid out in 1854 by the US military. It starts in North Omaha just off Hamilton at N. 45th Street. John A. Creighton Boulevard was named after the brother of Edward Creighton, and General John J. Pershing Drive was named after a successful WW I U.S. Army leader, and flows from East Omaha north by Florence, by the historic site of Fort Lisa and towards Blair. Similarly, Sherman Avenue, also known as North 16th Street, was named after the commander general of the U.S. Army in charge of the Indian Wars. Fort Street between North 30th and North 24th is so-named for Fort Omaha. Edward Creighton (August 31, 1820 – November 5, 1874) was a prominent businessman in the early history of Omaha, Nebraska. ... John Joseph Black Jack Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was an officer in the United States Army. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... East Omaha is a geographically designated community located in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Florence is a neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska on the citys north end. ... Fort Lisa was started by famed fur trapper Manuel Lisa in North Omaha, Nebraska in 1806, may have been were Sacagawea died, and was home to several firsts in Nebraska history. ... Blair is a city located in Washington County, Nebraska. ... “General Sherman” redirects here. ... Combatants Native Americans United States of America/Colonial America Indian Wars is the name generally used in the United States to describe a series of conflicts between the federal government and Native Americans. ... Fort Omaha was a United States Army installation built in the vicinity of modern-day North Omaha, Nebraska. ...


Sorenson Parkway, a modern contribution to the historic park boulevard system, was named after an Omaha mayor. It was built along an abandoned railroad bed and runs from North 72nd Street to North 30th Street, which is the historic Main Street of Florence. U.S. Highway 75 is a historic highway flowing along North 30th Street to become the North Expressway. This stretch of the highway was the source of much contention in when it was constructed in the 1970s and 80s. As a Nebraska state agency reports, "Construction of the North Omaha Freeway, coupled with social unrest in the 1970s, greatly impacted the North Omaha area. One neighborhood experienced a 30 percent housing loss and major increase in crime."[28] Interstate 680 is the north bypass freeway that is a boundary for North Omaha. The Mormon Bridge is located on this stretch. Florence is a neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska on the citys north end. ... U.S. Highway 75 is a north-south United States highway. ... Interstate 580 was also the designation for a 4-mile spur route in northern Omaha in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Interstate 680 in Nebraska and Iowa is the northern bypass freeway for the Omaha, Nebraska-Council Bluffs, Iowa metropolitan area. ... Mormon Bridge from Nebraska going into Iowa. ...


Other important streets in the area include Lake Street, Ames Avenue, Cuming Street, State Street, Abbott Drive and North 20th Avenue.


Annual events

North Omaha is home to several important annual events that help define and celebrate the community, its history, and its future. Native Omaha Days is a biennial North Omaha cultural tradition, reuniting members of the city's African American community. The Days are commemorated with a variety of events, including the Evergreen Reunion, named after a town in Alabama that many families in the area trace their roots to.[29] Other annual activities include the Juneteenth Parade, the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, Omaha Blues, Jazz, & Gospel Festival[30], Florence Days, and the Omaha North High School Homecoming, including a parade for the community. The Stone Soul Picnic is also an important event. Native Omaha Days is an bi-annual event in North Omaha, Nebraska celebrating the communitys historical and cultural legacies. ... Evergreen is a city located in Conecuh County, Alabama. ... Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas on 19 June 1900 Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday in fourteen states of the United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Geology

The historic founding, development and current identification of North Omaha is bound to its geography. Located next to the Missouri River and Carter Lake (lake), North Omaha includes several streams, small lakes, cliffs, and artisian springs. One historic report identifies a sulphur spring at the "foot of Spencer Street", with another at the "foot of Grand Avenue". The foot is presumed to be where 16th Street meets Commercial Avenue.[31] The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... View of Eppley Airfield with Carter Lake visible to the right Carter Lake is an oxbow lake in Nebraska and Iowa, located next to Omaha and Carter Lake. ...


History

Night view of the Grand Court. Photograph by Frank Rinehart, 1898.
Night view of the Grand Court. Photograph by Frank Rinehart, 1898.

North Omaha has a recorded history extending to 1806 with the founding of Fort Lisa, where Sacagawea may have died in 1812. It includes the settlement of Cutler's Park in 1846, lynchings around the turn of the century, the thriving 24th Street community of the 1920s, the bustling development of the African American community through the 1950s, and a series of riots in the 1960s. Grand Court of the TMI Exposition This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Grand Court of the TMI Exposition This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Chiricahua Apache, Hattie Tom, photograph by Frank Rinehart, 1898. ... Fort Lisa was started by famed fur trapper Manuel Lisa in North Omaha, Nebraska in 1806, may have been were Sacagawea died, and was home to several firsts in Nebraska history. ... Sacagawea (Sakakawea, Sacajawea, Sacajewea; see below) (c. ... Winter Quarters, Nebraska, was an encampment formed by approximately 3,500 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they awaited better conditions for their trek westward during the winter of 1846-1847. ...

With a recorded history that pre-dates the rest of Omaha, Nebraska, North Omaha has roots back to 1806 with the founding of Fort Lisa. ...

North Omaha Timeline

Significant events in the history of North Omaha include the Pawnee, Otoe and Sioux nations. With a history of European settlement starting in 1806; the growth of the African American community from the 1860s; Irish, Czech, and other European immigrants through the 1940s, and; several other populations up to the present. Several important settlements and towns were built in the area, in addition to important social events that shaped the future of Omaha and the history of the nation. Pawnee The Pawnee (also Paneassa, Pari, Pariki) are a Native American tribe that historically lived along the Platte River in what is now Nebraska. ... Wahktageli (Gallant Warrior), a Yankton Sioux chief (Karl Bodmer) Funeral scaffold of a Sioux chief (Karl Bodmer) Horse racing of the Sioux Indians (Karl Bodmer) The Sioux (IPA ) are a Native American people. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...

Significant events in the history of North Omaha include the Pawnee, Otoe and Sioux nations; the African American community; Irish, Czech, and other European immigrants, and; several other populations. ...

Notable figures from North Omaha

North Omaha has been the birthplace and home of many figures of national and local import. They include Malcolm X, Whitney Young, an important civil rights leader, the storied Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, actor John Beasley, and author Tillie Olsen. Singer Wynonie Harris, saxaphonist Preston Love and Buddy Miles all have called North Omaha home. Businesswoman Cathy Hughes is from North Omaha. The community has also several birthed several sports stars, including baseball player Bob Gibson, football player Johnny Rodgers,", actress Gabrielle Union, actor John Beasley, Greenbay Packers starting running back Ahman Green, and basketball player Bob Boozer. Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ... Whitney M. Young Jr. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Ernie Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, representing legislative District 11. ... John Beasley on Everwood John Beasley (born June 26, 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actor best known for his role on Everwood. ... Tillie Lerner Olsen (b. ... Wynonie Mr. ... Preston Love (1921-2004) was a renowned alto saxophonist from North Omaha, Nebraska. ... Buddy Miles is the stage name of musician (drummer and vocalist) George Miles, who was born September 5, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Cathy Hughes is an African-American entrepreneur, radio and [TV] personality and business executive. ... Pack Robert Bob Gibson (born November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher for the St. ... Johnny Rodgers Johnny Rodgers (born July 5, 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska) was an American college football superstar voted the University of Nebraskas Player of the Century. ... Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. ... John Beasley can be: An American actor, John Beasley An American basketball player, John Beasley An Australian politician better known as Jack Beasley An Australian critic also better known as Jack Beasley ... Ahman Rashad Green (born February 16, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA) is a running back who plays for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. ... Bob Boozer, as a collegiate All-American Robert Louis Bob Boozer (born April 26, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former professional basketball player. ...

There are a number of notable people from North Omaha, Nebraska. ...

Landmarks in North Omaha

Photo of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cornerstone Memorial at the NW corner of 24th & Lake St in North Omaha.
Photo of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cornerstone Memorial at the NW corner of 24th & Lake St in North Omaha.

Due to its exceptionally diverse history, particularly in respect to the rest of Nebraska, North Omaha is home to a spectacular number of historical and modern landmarks. This is evidenced by the sheer number of Registered Historic Places within its boundaries. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 371 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo of Martin Luther King Jr Cornerstone Memorial. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 371 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo of Martin Luther King Jr Cornerstone Memorial. ... “Martin Luther King” redirects here. ... North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake North Omaha is a staggeringly diverse area in Omaha, Nebraska that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and socio-economic composition. ... Diverse (born Kenny Jenkins) is a Chicago rapper. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... List of Registered Historic Places in Nebraska: // Adams County Hastings Burlington Station Central Hastings Historic District Chautauqua Pavilion Clarke Hotel Farrell Block Heartwell Park Historic District McCormick Hall McCue-Trausch Farmstead Nebraska Loan and Trust Company Building Nowlan-Dietrich House St. ...

Due to its exceptionally diverse history, particularly in respect to the rest of Nebraska, North Omaha is home to a spectacular number of historical and modern landmarks. ...

Architecture in North Omaha

Houses build in Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Romanesque and Classical Revival styles in the late 1800s and early 1900s occupy several neighborhoods throughout Omaha. Greek Revival commercial buildings and a Spanish Renaissance Revival church represent the reverence many architects held for history; the Plains style and work by Thomas Rogers Kimball represent a more progressive perspective. The area is also home to many modern developments, as well. The Buttermans, the historic home of John Newman, the butter king, is one of several Queen Anne mansions in Elgin, Illinois The Queen Anne style of British and American architecture reached its greatest popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century, manifesting itself in a number of different ways... Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with ones own hands and skill. ... Romanesque St. ... For information about the economic theory, see neoclassical economics. ... Personal residence of Catherine the Great Greek Revival was a style of classical architecture which became fashionable in Europe in the 18th century, and in the United Kingdom and United States in the early 19th century. ... The Hotel Fontenelle, designed by Thomas Kimball Thomas Rogers Kimball (1862 – 1934) was an American arcitect. ...

Architecture in North Omaha, Nebraska represents a range of cultural influences and social changes occurring from the late 1800s to present. ...

Civil rights movement in North Omaha

The civil rights movement in North Omaha goes back to at least 1912, when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Omaha chapter was founded, and in 1928, when the first Urban League chapter in the western United States was started in North Omaha. Both of these organizations continue today. Student and youth activism in North Omaha led to the creation of two unique groups: Creighton University's DePorres Club, started in 1947, and the Black Association for Nationalism Through Unity (BANTU), popular throughout the 1960s. In the summer of 1963 the Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Liberties rallied together to demand change equal rights for all African Americans throughout Omaha[32]. While the Omaha civil rights movement did not gain its popularly stated goals of gaining a law from the Nebraska State Legislature ensuring equal housing opportunities or a separate law ensuring equal job opportunities, it is seen as successful for raising awareness of the inequities facing African Americans in Omaha.[33] From the film A Time for Burning to Senator Ernie Chambers' recent legislative action, the civil rights movement has a significant legacy in Omaha. See also: American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) The civil rights movement in the United States has been a long, primarily nonviolent struggle to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to all Americans. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, generally pronounced as EN Double AY SEE PEE) is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. ... National Urban League Logo The National Urban League is a non-profit, nonpartisan, civil rights and community-based movement that advocates on behalf of Black Americans and against racial discrimination. ... North Omaha is in the Missouri River bluffs above Eppley Airfield and Carter Lake North Omaha is a staggeringly diverse area in Omaha, Nebraska that is defined by its historical and modern neighborhoods, as well as its diverse racial and socio-economic composition. ... Students occupying Sheffield town hall over the introduction of higher education fees Student activism is work done by students to effect political, environmental, economic, or social change. ... Youth activism is best summarized as youth voice engaged in community organizing for social change. ... Creighton University, founded in 1878, is a Jesuit-Catholic college located in Omaha, Nebraska. ... The DePorres Club was an early pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement in Omaha, Nebraska, whose goals and tactics foreshadowed the efforts of civil rights activists throughout the nation in the 1960s. ... A Time for Burning is a 1966 documentary film which expores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to reach out to negro Lutherans in the city. ... Ernie Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is a Nebraska state senator from Omaha, representing legislative District 11. ...

Main article: Civil Rights Movement in Omaha, Nebraska

The Civil rights movement in Omaha, Nebraska has roots that extend back until at least 1912. ...

See also

This is a list of articles related to North Omaha, Nebraska. ... There are a number of notable people from North Omaha, Nebraska. ... Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Main article: North Omaha, Nebraska There are dozens of landmarks in North Omaha, Nebraska that are historically, socially, culturally and...

References

  1. ^ Center for Public Affairs (1998) Omaha Conditions Survey. University of Nebraska at Omaha
  2. ^ (2006) Minne Lusa neighborhood small, packed with history KETV.com
  3. ^ City of Omaha. (n.d.) Neighborhood Associations
  4. ^ Omaha Neighborhood Scan University of Omaha.
  5. ^ (2001) State's top community development projects honored. Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
  6. ^ PBS (n.d.) Plan for Omaha Schools Raises Segregation Concerns
  7. ^ "Safe Places to Live in Omaha
  8. ^ Wright, J. (2006) "Omaha Plan: Is it Segregation?" Afro American Newspaper Apr 22, 2006.
  9. ^ (2006) "Radio Spoof Targets North Omaha Violence: KFAB Host Defends Satire" October 4, 2006, KETV.com
  10. ^ "Council Asks For KFAB Apology: Opponents Speak Against Resolution"October 17, 2006, KETV.Com
  11. ^ Omaha Areas
  12. ^ (n.d.) Dan Goodwin DiscoverBlackOmaha.com
  13. ^ Section 4. Economic Development Investment in Northeast Omaha: An Inventory and Assessment of Activities in Blair, R., Deichert, J. & Bloom, H. (2005) 2005 Revised Omaha Economic Development Plan University of Nebraska - Omaha and Omaha Economic Development Corporation
  14. ^ Beals, J. (n.d.) Coming Soon: Three more businesses make Omaha’s future look brighter Omaha City Weekly
  15. ^ (n.d.)Safe Haven Community Center
  16. ^ (n.d.)Urban League website
  17. ^ (n.d.) Charles Drew Health Center website
  18. ^ (n.d.)[New Community Development
  19. ^ (n.d.)Benson-Ames Alliance Community Plan. LivelyOmaha.Org
  20. ^ (2003) National Priorities List Site Narrative for Omaha Lead. United States EPA.
  21. ^ (n.d.) Lead Safe Omaha Coalition.
  22. ^ Beals, J (n.d.) Coming Soon: Three more businesses make Omaha’s future look brighter. Omaha City Weekly.
  23. ^ (n.d.) Charles Washington Branch Omaha Public Library.
  24. ^ Charles Drew Health Center website.
  25. ^ (n.d.) Omaha City Council Map City of Omaha.
  26. ^ (n.d.) Omaha Street Names Douglas County Historical Society.
  27. ^ Rietsch, P, Miller, T & Miller, C. (2001) History of Nebraska: Chapter XXXV NEGenWeb Project.
  28. ^ (2001) State's top community development projects honored. Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
  29. ^ (2005) 'The Days', The Omaha Reader.
  30. ^ (n.d.)OBJG Festival
  31. ^ (n.d.) Historical Sketch of Brownell Hall.
  32. ^ A Street of Dreams.
  33. ^ A Street of Dreams.

Related publications

  • Alexander, C. (1981) Rebirth of the Inner City: The North Omaha Plan. Center for Environmental Structure.
  • (1992) The North Omaha Renaissance 2000 Plan. Ciaccio Dennell Group Inc. - A community-based and locally initiated plan that provided initial analysis and visions for the redevelopment of Northeast Omaha.
  • (2004) Housing Study: Omaha Housing Authority—Population & Housing Demand Profile. - The Omaha Housing Authority plays an important role in Northeast Omaha. This OHA study projected housing trends in north Omaha. (The North Omaha Population and Housing Demand statistics can be found in the Appendix.)
  • (n.d.) Multiethnic Guide. Greater Omaha Economic Partnership.

External links

  • eOmahaForums discussion about North Omaha housing
  • Fast Facts about Omaha's African American community
  • Discover North Omaha website
  • North Omaha Development Project
  • Loves Jazz and Art Center - A new North Omaha mecca
  • NorthOmaha.Com
  • Miller Park/Minne Lusa Neighborhood Association
  • The Omaha Star website
  • Discover Black Omaha website
  • North Omaha - A photoset on Flickr
  • Empower Omaha Empowerment Network

 
 

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