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There were so many great stories to tell as part of our "24th & Glory" project, we couldn't get all of them into the series. Check out these articles for more interesting facts related to the Omaha civil rights movement and the extraordinary athletes who came out of the city during that time.
This is why the "24th & Glory" series is so important, and took so long to put together.
Three months after Joe Louis whacked Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, the heavyweight champion whiffed in Omaha.
In 1942, Robinson had just been drafted into the Army and assigned to a segregated unit at Fort Riley, Kansas, alongside Joe Louis.
The best way to land one free housing project in the depths of the Great Depression? Shoot for two.
Creighton University was a long way from the Deep South, but the Rev. John Markoe recognized sin when he saw it.
Deacon Jones didn’t have an address in North Omaha. But the two-time Olympian always had a dinner plate.
Dave Rimington may be the greatest college center ever. He’s also a testament to South Omaha’s punch-the-clock culture.
Sayers had signed a grant-in-aid agreement to Nebraska in June, but a recruiting visit to Lincoln still bothered him.
Before Bob Boozer ever dunked a basketball, he dreamed of wearing a gold medal.
From the city’s founding through the 1880s, North Omaha featured a collection of estates and acreages outside the city limits. Then Herman Kountze raised the bar.
Omaha’s location as a railroad hub in the middle of the country made it convenient to performers.
The letter to the editor does not state the man’s age or race. Simply his name: “Ernest Chambers.”
In a span of 24 hours, two white adults in authoritative positions let Bartee down, prompting more reflection. More questions.
Of the countless audacious ideas hatched inside Spencer Street Barber Shop over the years, this one ranked among the wildest.
If Bob Gibson had played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers, he might have left Omaha for good.