An Uncomplicated Politician in a Complicated Time: Can Juanita Johnson Find the Answers to Change Omaha?
As the only candidate to beat an incumbent, coming into a time of great social strife, Juanita Johnson says she’s ready to find change for her community.
Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown
Happy Tell the Truth Day
Today’s news knows honesty is the best policy: North Omaha buildings are slated for demolition, take an in-depth look at Omaha-born Yolonda Ross’ bourgeoning acting career, and after spending decades at a Harvard University museum, Chief Standing Bear’s tomahawk will return to Nebraska’s Ponca Tribe.
~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~
- Minimum number of complaints the BBC received for excessive coverage of Prince Philip’s death: 110,000
- Rank of that coverage among the most complained-about programming in BBC history: 1
Source: BBC (London)
- Take a deep dive into the flourishing career of Yolonda Ross, a Black actress, writer and director from Omaha.
- Empty North Omaha buildings on 24th Street are slated for demolition, spearheaded by the Black-owned Blair Freeman firm.
- An Omaha woman creates gowns for families facing grief.
- Carl Hansen, co-owner of Rosewood Academy Childcare & Preschool, accepts a plea agreement of disorderly conduct-no contest.
- Local athletes are using virtual reality technology to build mental fortitude.
- Got an Amazon Alexa? Ask it to play 1st Sky Omaha Radio.
- The tomahawk of Chief Standing Bear — a prominent Native American civil rights leader from Nebraska — has sat in Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology for decades. Now it’s returning to Nebraska’s Ponca Tribe.
- Nebraska ended its COVID-19 state of emergency — and last week, the state had the U.S.’s greatest percentage uptick in coronavirus cases.
- Ben Nelson, former U.S. Sen. from Nebraska, will publish a memoir called Death of the Senate. Read about the upcoming book, and Nelson’s career, in the New York Times.
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~ North O! Art & Events ~
Native Omaha Days
Every year ending in an odd number, a massive influx of native Omahans return to North Omaha to celebrate the community’s rich history and heritage. This year is slated to be the biggest yet. Native Omaha Days 2021 takes place July 26 through August 2 and will feature outdoor jazz concerts, golf tournaments, movie nights, gospel fests and a parade down North 30th Street. The biennial event was founded by two African American women, Bettie McDonald and Vera Johnson, for the Black population living predominantly in North Omaha. Its purpose was to reunite family and friends who moved away from their hometown. Since COVID-19 restrictions have loosened, many are expected to join the fun this year.
To view a Native Omaha Days itinerary, visit Mark McGaugh’s Discover North O! guide. Native Omaha Days event information is reported by Paul B. Allen IV.
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