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The ceremony on Monday honoring Dan Goodwin Sr., right, drew about 150 people, including his son Dan Goodwin Jr. and other family members.

The dedication of a section of 24th Street in honor of Dan Goodwin Sr. is a fitting tribute to the integrity and civic leadership he has demonstrated over decades. His Spencer Street Barbershop at 24th and Spencer Streets has been called “Omaha’s Black City Hall,” a place where people have come together over the generations for fellowship and discussion of African Americans’ challenges and opportunities.

Goodwin, 87, is a living link to civil rights advances slowly achieved in Omaha, extending back to the important mid-20th-century debates over employment discrimination, housing policies and police-community relations. Goodwin consistently spoke to important ideals of fairness and justice — a legacy rightly honored through this week’s street dedication.

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