The Omaha Star was founded by the late Mildred D. Brown in 1938. She is believed to be the first female, certainly the first African American woman, to have found a newspaper in the nation's history. Her tenacity, flare, character, charitable nature and community connections helped make the Omaha Star a corner stone of Omaha's African American community. When Mrs. Brown expired unexpectedly in 1989, the paper was then placed in the very capable hands of Dr. Marguerita Washington, her niece, who now heads the newspaper.
The Omaha Star and its work for equal rights for all Americans are legendary. Throughout its renowned history, the Omaha Star was on the forefront, leading the charge to open public accommodations to African Americans, including hotels, restaurants, theaters and taverns. The Omaha Star was instrumental in working with the public school system of Omaha to ensure that black teachers had equal participation. Currently, the Omaha Star concentrates of news coverage that is relevant and informative to the particular niche market that it has proudly served for decades.
The Omaha Star has received many awards over the years. It was inducted into the Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on July 9th, 1996 and it also has received the Golden Spike award. In addition, the Omaha Star is a member of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.
The Omaha Star, as suggested by its naming after a celestial body, will continue to be a beacon of light providing education, and positive information to the community and the body of readers that it has so proudly served for many many years.
The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 70 years, has been Nebraska's largest African American newspaper and the city's most effective device to improve the lives of African Americans. Since 1938, the policy of the Omaha Star has been to print only positive news and to be a vigilant champion for African-American progress. Located in the heart of Omaha's African American community, two blocks south of 24th & Lake Street, the Omaha Star building is a surviving symbol of culture, strength, positive journalism, information and education to individuals in Omaha and the surrounding areas.
The Omaha Star, with its circulation of approximately 30,000, was found in a survey conducted in 2001 to be read six times before being discarded. In its history, The Omaha Star has never missed an edition. Its archives are a miniature history of Omaha's black community, a population of well over 60,000 people.