Sept. 11-13 – Shake the Nations 2019! Ambassadors Worship Center hosts Succession: Passing It On. Day Sessions: Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Evening Sessions: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 7:00 p.m. Speakers: Wednesday evening: Bishop Joseph Garlington, Thursday and Friday evening: Bishop Tudor Bismark. To celebrate 25 years of ministry, AWC is offering this event with free registration at Eventbrite. For more info, phone 402-341-1866.
Free customized GED classes are offered Mondays – Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Creighton’s Educational Opportunity Center, 814 N. 20th St. For more info, phone 402-280-2700.
MOODANCE! Join The Union for Contemporary Art for a night of unexpected magic under the full harvest moon. This is a fundraising event that will allow supporters to see how their support brings artists and the community together. Food, drinks, art, and dancing will be provided. For more information go to u-ca.org/moondance.
Clair Memorial, 5544 Ames Ave, will give away books, clothing, food and provide fun and games at their community Back-to-School Fellowship, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Activities include basketball, outdoor Connect Four, a bounce house and face painting. Local spiritual writer Alan Black will sign copies of his latest book, “In the Spirit Intended.” It will be a day of friendly, family FUN and the community is invited.
The Night L.I.F.E. Program sponsored by Banister Leadership Academy is held Saturdays at Catholic Charities, 2111 Emmet St., from 6-10 p.m. Night L.I.F.E. empowers youth, K-8th grade with leadership skills in a fun environment through organized sports, healthy living, and community awareness. For more info, visit banisteracademy.org.
The second annual African Cultural Festival, 2–10 p.m., at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. The festival will showcase live music, dance, arts & crafts, and authentic African cuisine, as well as a variety of organizations, businesses, student groups, and individuals who are working to create a vision for themselves and their community.
Zion Baptist Church, 2215 Grant St., will host a Community Give-Away in its parking lot from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be clothing items and small household appliances available. First come, first served. Please bring bags or boxes to take items home. For more info, phone 402-346-1502. Come, receive a blessing from the Women of Faith Ministry.
Let’s Move. Let’s Reach. Join University’s Health Science and Multicultural Affairs for the 4th Annual Physical Activity Day. This event is free to the public with fitness and well-being activities for all ages, including a one mile walk/run, Zumba, Mixxedfit, drill teams, basketball, kids zone, and much more. This event will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on N. 24th Street from Cuming to Lake Streets.
There is nothing like connecting and meeting dynamic black women in our community. Join I Be Black Girl at their quarterly networking event from 2-4:30 p.m. at The Venue at Highlander Accelerator, 2120 N. 30th St. For tickets and more info, go to Eventbrite.com.
The Black Family Excellence Festival will be held at Benson Park Pavilion, 7028 Military Ave, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join New Rising Star Baptist Church as they offer morning worship, health screenings, community resources, food, face painting, carnival games, a live Mixxedfit class, a DJ, and raffle prizes.
The Striving for Success Male Summit is a free day-long event held to inspire African American males entering high school to excel in their education. Registration includes meals, motivational workshops and transportation. This Summit will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at UNO’s Milo Bail Center. The keynote speaker is Jewell Jones. Summit sponsors are Urban League of Nebraska, 100 Black Men of Omaha and the Empowerment Network..
It is hard to believe it is that time again. Worship with the Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St., at their annual Fall Revival. Enjoy worshipping, praising, and hearing the Word of God. Service begins at 7 p.m..
Race Riots, the Immigrant Experience, and a Boy’s Life in Omaha 1919” is the topic explored by Theodore Wheeler at the Expand Your Horizons evening sponsored by the Notre Dame Sisters in the Seven Oaks Senior Center, 3439 State Street (use north entrance). Wheeler’s book, Kings of Broken Things, is an immigrant coming-of-age novel that is set amid the domestic strife of World War I, the machine-boss era of politics in Nebraska, and events surrounding the lynching of Will Brown during the Omaha race riot of 1919. He will present a crash-course on the history of the riot, briefly read from his book, and take questions from the audience. Copies of the book will be for sale. This free public event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. For more info, phone 402-981-2701.
Davis Blight, a scholar of slavery, race, and the Civil War at Yale University, will deliver a lecture followed by a book signing at Creighton’s Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., from 7-9 p.m. His book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” will be available for purchase.
The Great Plains Black History Museum will host the Will Brown and Lynchings throughout the Great Plains of America Exhibit from 6-8 p.m. This Exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Will Brown and will map out all Terror Lynchings throughout the Great Plains.
Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Art Patrons (YAP) presents GLOW in the Garden from 7-11 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden, 2200 Dodge St. Attendees will enjoy games, music, dancing, tasty local fare, and cocktails. GLOW attire is classic or creative cocktail, masks are encouraged. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/GLOWtix. For more info, phone 402-342-3300.
Urban Financial Services Coalition will host a community shredding event from 2-5 p.m. at First National Bank Omaha, 50th and Ames Ave.
Attend Baby Love’s Baby Fair! If you are expecting or have a new baby in your life, come experience all things baby in one place, Baxter Arena, 2465 S. 67th St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info go to Baby Love on Facebook.
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 & 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.