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.

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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.

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