The Blog

  • Silas Robbins: Nebraska’s first black lawyer

    Silas Robbins was a prominent figure in the history of North Omaha, Nebraska. Robbins was born in Iowa in 1865, but he moved to Omaha in the late 1800s to start a new life. He quickly became involved in the community and made a name for himself as a businessman and civic leader.

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  • North Omaha’s Greatest Film Maker: George P. Johnson

    When one thinks of an influential entrepreneur from Omaha usually, they think of Warren Buffet, but what if I told you there are some influential entrepreneurs here in North Omaha. George P. Johnson was an American businessman and entrepreneur who played a significant role in the development of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company.

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  • Breaking New Ground: How the Highlander Accelerator and 75 North are Reshaping Omaha’s Community

    The 75 North Development and the Highlander Accelerator in Omaha are two intertwined projects that are transforming the landscape of North Omaha. The 75 North Development is a nonprofit organization that focuses on community development and revitalization in the area, while the Highlander is a mixed-income housing development that is part of the larger 75…

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  • Meet the Omaha Star – The Star of North Omaha

    Before there were TVs and the internet, people across the country found themselves reaching for their local newspaper to stay on top of the news that was occurring within the city. For the African American community, they founded their own papers that shared stories and events that were occurring within their own communities that weren’t…

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  • Nonprofits for North Omaha Businesses

    With the state of the economy the way that it is, small businesses are especially taking a hit. However, there are various nonprofits in the Omaha Metro area where their mission is to support smaller, more local businesses particularly in Northern Omaha.

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  • Charles S. Hall – The father of Soul food in North Omaha

    Restaurants, snack shops, dine-ins as well as other places to eat have always played an important role in North Omaha’s History, particularly within the African American community. One of the longest and most iconic establishments Black Businesses in North Omaha that served the regular, famous, and hungry was the Fair Deal Café in North Omaha.…

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  • The Life of George Wells Parker

    George Wells Parker had a great life and an amazing impact. He was a author, activist, and role model for the people of his era. His impact in especially on North Omaha is still felt today.

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  • Justin Wayne: Home Grown Senator

    Born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 27, 1979, Justin Wayne is an impressive Nebraskan who has served and contributed to our community and state in many ways. Justin Graduated from Omaha Northwest High School in 1998. In high school, Wayne had planned to walk on to the University of Kansas basketball team but he was hit…

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