“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.”
You don’t want to miss The Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun.” It’s a popular classic play featuring life in America for black people in the 1950s. For dates, times and tickets, phone 402-553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.
The Union for Contemporary Art will host “You Make My Heart Smile but You Also Make My Eyes Cry,” the work of local artist Thalia Rodgers. Rodger’s world swirls with color and psychedelic forms. For more info, visit u-ca.org or phone 402-933-3161.
– The First annual Wakanda Gala is a formal affair organized to raise funds and awareness of Omaha North High’s Black Student Leadership Council and Sickle Cell Anemia. Tickets for the 6-10 p.m. event to be held at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St., are available on Eventbrite.
YOU MUST GO: CITY PLANNING UPDATE AT HEART MINISTRY CENTER, 2222 BINNEY ST., 4-7 P.M.
Metropolitan Community College will host an open house at the South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., from 10 a.m.-noon. Attendees can learn more about scholarship opportunities, International and Intercultural Education, Veterans Upward Bound and high school career academies. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to win prizes, including a free class. For more info, visit mccneb.edu/events or phone 531-MCC-2400 Branch library, 2868 Ames Ave., at 2 p.m. For more info, phone 402-444-4849.
The legend, Kathy Tyree, performs at the Jewell, 1030 Capital Ave, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For tickets, visit Jewellomaha.com.
Thank Your Mentor Day – A day to show gratitude for your mentor by posting on social media using hashtag #ThankYourMentor.
– NOAH Free Clinic, 5620 Ames Ave, will host Women’s Health Day 2020 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The day will feature an array of services including free blood pressure and diabetes screening, pap tests, mental health assessments, financial wellness info, food and more. Guest speakers include Patique Collins, Nicka Johnson and Joanna Leflore. For more info, phone 402-933-0737.
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.