'68: Civil Rights
Throughout the 1960s, Nebraska found itself challenged by the push for racial equality in America. As late as 1963, there were still public swimming pools in Omaha that black children could not use. Poor housing and limited job opportunities for minorities were major issues. Time and again, disturbances in once tranquil North Omaha ended in the burning and looting of the predominantly black neighborhood. If it was not a major issue for political candidates in the state, it certainly drew the attention of much of Omaha and Lincoln.