Mildred Brown: Omaha Star Founder
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Positive News

Mildred Brown
Mildred Brown.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG5503-6
The Omaha Star brought "joy and happiness" with upbeat news about the black community. Positive role models were celebrated, families were honored, and individual accomplishments such as new jobs or graduation from high school or college were common features. The Omaha Star reported local as well as national news with black perspectives. The Omaha Star also encouraged its readers to become involved politically by voting.

During World War II, the Omaha Star asked challenging questions of their readers, such as: “What does it mean to be a citizen?” The paper encouraged full participation in the war efforts.
From the 2000 NETCHE program by NET Television, Three Nebraska Women

Omaha Star 1941
"America Now at War . . . Discrimination Must Go!"

Omaha Star headline, December 12, 1941.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society

Mildred understood the importance of jobs and used her paper’s power to develop and expand opportunities for African Americans in Omaha. The paper refused ads for businesses that would not hire blacks and called for boycotts of local and national businesses that discriminated in hiring.
From the 2000 NETCHE program by NET Television, Three Nebraska Women

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