“Down for the Cause, Not Down for the Count” is a special series of articles that puts a magnifying glass on this divided city to help us accept what cannot be changed, and to change what we can.
The series is made possible by a Community Network grant for $25,000 from the Facebook Journalism Project and the Lensfest Institute for Journalism. The Omaha Star was one of the first 23 media organizations in the country to receive the grant. The selection committee awarded the funds with a “special emphasis on the needs of news deserts and underrepresented communities.”
Charles Drew Health Center – 402-451-3553 WIC Services – 402-451-3130 North Omaha Area Health (NOAH) – 402-933-0737 Douglas County Health Department Covid-19 Information Line – 402-444-3400 Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – 402-552-6645 Center for Holistic Development – 402-502-9788 Centers for Disease Control
Family Housing Advisory Services – 402-934-7921 Apartment Association of Nebraska – 402-333-5331
Omaha Public Schools – 531-299-0220 Food Bank of the Heartland 402-331-1213 No More Empty Pots – 402-502-1642
Heartland Workforce Solutions – 402-444-4700 Nebraska Department of Labor – 402-444-4700
The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 80 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 and Lake Streets, 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.
The Omaha Star is a program of the Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center.