Mildred Brown is an important figure in our city’s history. She played an important role in the civil rights movement and founded the Omaha Star. A new book brings her story to kids in several Omaha schools. It’s called Newspapers and Butter Pecan Ice Cream. We’ll meet the author and a curriculum specialist to learn more.
Amy Helene Forss discuss’s her book, Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989. Founded by Mildred Brown in 1938, the Omaha Star is longest-running newspaper founded by a black woman in the United States. To set her paper apart, she focused on the positive stories going on in the community as a way to uplift people.
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2015 LCV Cities Tour” in Omaha, Nebraska, from May 7-13 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Cox Communications local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on BookTV on C-SPAN2.