For one afternoon, Bob Gibson, Gale Sayers and Marlin Briscoe were all making history on the national stage.
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The body count of civil rights icons overwhelmed even the optimists, fueling depression and anger. No one deployed anger like Bob Gibson.
The contentious 1968 presidential campaign comes to Omaha as segregationist candidate George Wallace delivers a speech at the Civic Auditorium that would set off turbulent nights in North Omaha — embroiling some of the neighborhood's best athletes.
As a bitter civil rights battle wages in the State Capitol, Bob Boozer gets a reminder that not even a man of his stature can escape North Omaha's box of segregation.
If Bob Gibson had played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers, he might have left Omaha for good.
Omaha united to celebrate Bob Gibson in 1964, but within two years, the tension on the Near North Side grew too hot to contain.
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.
Ernie Chambers loves a good metaphor. But even by his standards, he got creative in September 1968.
In the early 1960s, blacks in North Omaha got off their knees, marched into the mainstream and proclaimed the grievances they long had endured in silence.