Remembering Alice Station

April 6th, 2011

By Angel Martin

Omaha, NE – A longtime board member or the Great Plains Black History Museum and well-known member of the North Omaha community, Alice Station, passed away this weekend.

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Conference addresses lack of diversity

March 29th, 2011

By Ben Bohall

Omaha, NE – Academics are currently looking into the problems posed by Nebraska’s 2008 ban on affirmative action, particularly in their own back yards.

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Newark mayor calls for Omahans to work together

March 4th, 2011

By Angel Martin

Omaha, NE – Hundreds of Omaha young professionals were urged to address issues of poverty by working together this week.

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Omaha educator calls for more open talks on race

February 22nd, 2011

By Mike Tobias

Omaha, NE – Race relations could be a lot better in Omaha…if we talked more about it. That’s the perspective of long-time activist and educator A’Jamal Byndon.

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Tuskegee airman recalls barrier-breaking past

February 21st, 2011

By Mike Tobias

Lincoln, NE – Past met present when one of the first African-American military aviators met his modern day counterparts at Offutt Air Force Base.

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Reading opens up frank discussion

January 11th, 2011

By Angel Martin

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Omaha, NE – Omaha Table Talk invites the community to address issues of race relations and diversity through reading this week.  Starting Thursday, Jan. 13, the group will host a book discussion about the Southern novel, The Help.

Omaha Table Talk will open a discussion about race relations, guided by the Southern, best-selling novel, The Help

The Help is a novel written by Kathryn Stockett, a white woman, who grew up in Jackson, Mississippi.  In the book, she writes about the experience of black maids working in white homes in the South during the 1960’s.  Omaha Table Talk will host a book discussion about the book later this week.  Ajamal Byndon, executive director of the group, said Omaha Table Talk provides open discussions on difficult issues, like race relations and diversity, and the medium of a book discussion can be helpful.

“We need to continue to brighten our horizons and read,” he said, “because obviously many… public and private entities and institutions don’t spend as much time on race and discussions on diversity as they should. So we’re hoping that this will galvanize and help promulgate more people starting to read books written about and by people of color and start to use it as a subject base.”

Byndon is a native of Omaha, and after reading The Help, he said he’s more empathetic toward people who grew up in the South during the 1960’s.

“I think what it has helped me to understand is that people sometimes can see other people’s experiences in very in depth way. So it’s kind of an awakening, not only in myself, but in other people… sometimes we know more about other people in groups than we sometimes purport to let on.”

The book discussion starts Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6pm at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Collaborating Center.

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