A decade ago, The World-Herald revealed that Omaha had become home to one of the nation’s most economically distressed black communities. The eye-opening series unleashed a host of efforts to tackle poverty and unemployment. What have been the results? In some cases, remarkable progress.
Ten years ago, a group of north Omaha activists met in a cafe amid the hollowed-out North 24th Street business district and set out on a seemi…
In 2007 Amber was a 16-year-old Benson High sophomore whose dreams of college and a career in theater seemed like a stretch even with the help she got after The World-Herald featured her prominently in the series that year examining black poverty.
The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce in 2007 initiated a north Omaha redevelopment study, one that faced skepticism given a long line of previous failed efforts going back decades.
The number of gun assaults in Omaha’s northeast police precinct are down by half from a decade ago, and down even more during the summer months, when violence particularly heats up.
Willie’s community-betterment organization — the Empowerment Network, publicly launched in 2007 — has been in the trenches tackling poverty, crime, educational gaps and other social ills since the fall of 2006, just before this newspaper reported on dismally high rates of black poverty, black child poverty and the income gap between black and white Omahans.
Alarming figures reveal the reality of a metro area in which economic hardship has a stronger and stronger grip on the black community.