Over 400 attended Omaha's Red Carpet Premiere of the motion picture Selma held at the Aksarben Cinema in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, January 8, 2015. The event also featured recognition of Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star, Father Markoe and Denny Holland of the Omaha DePorres Club, and four pastors that provided key leadership to the 4CL. All three groups were integral in successful demonstrations and fighting for employment and justice in Omaha.

This event was presented by Aksarben Cinema, Empowerment Network, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Delta Epsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Beta Xi Lambda, Omaha, NE and Omaha Economic Development Corporation.

Other supporting organizations included the NAACP, Great Plains Black History Museum and the North Omaha Voter Project.

KMTV Coverage:
Omaha Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Honor Civil Rights Legends

KETV Coverage:
Selma and the Civil Rights Movement in Omaha

Red Carpet Premiere of SELMA Thurs., January 8, 2015

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:26

Join us Thursday, January 8th for the Red Carpet Premiere of SELMA. Movie begins at 7:00 pm.

This event is presented by Aksarben Cinema, Empowerment Network and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Delta Epsilon Omega Chapter.

Tickets are NOW Available for presale at the Aksarben Cinema Box Office or go to http://aksarbencinema.com/showtimes.html

Advance ticket purchase is suggested to ensure you have a secured seat to the film.

The first 100 people to arrive at the event after 5:45 p.m. will receive a FREE SELMA Movie poster (with a purchase of an admission)

Jan. 10th 2015 Jobs, Job Training, Entrepreneurship, Contracts and Education

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:19

Please mark you calendar for Saturday, January 10, 2015. The Empowerment Network's monthly community meeting and resource connection will be held at Omaha North High School from 9 am to 11:30 am and will feature a one stop connection for Jobs, Job Training, Entrepreneurship, Contracting Opportunities and updates on important Education initiatives.

Breakfast will start at 8:45 am along with networking, resource and display tables, and Q & A with specific organizations and businesses. The interactive community meeting will start at 9:30 am.

Solid progress in North Omaha, more work ahead

Empowerment Network's 8th Annual State of North Omaha and State of African-Americans

Over 200 city, county, state and federal officials, along with neighborhood groups, foundations, small business owners and residents were on hand for the annual report card on North Omaha. Graduation rates are up. ACT scores are up. Gun violence is down. More stores are offering healthy foods. More residents have health insurance. More businesses are opening. More investment in roads, summer employment, job training and housing demolition. Large scale developments are happening, with more on the way.

Most of the news was good and positive in the newly released 8th Annual State of North Omaha and State of African-Americans report. In addition, for the first time since the report was developed in 2006, the unemployment rate for African-Americans is below 9% and the poverty rate for African-American families has been reduced from 33% to 27% since 2006.

“We haven’t seen this level of development in North Omaha in over 40 years,” said Ben Gray, district 2 City Councilman.

The annual update included presentations from Mayor Jean Stothert, Councilman Gray, Commissioner Chris Rodgers and a number of other groups, including Metropolitan Community College, 75 North, Omaha Public Schools, CHI Immanuel, and the North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.

Measurable progress was reported in each area with great amounts of work yet to be done. While the progress is positive and encouraging, longstanding disparities and gaps in employment, education, poverty and other areas are yet to be fully addressed. The focus of the Transformation 2025 plan is to close these gaps within 10 years or less through collaboration, alignment and strategic investments.

The annual event is hosted and facilitated by the Empowerment Network. It also includes an update on major goals and collaborative strategies. The report includes long-term trends and the most up-to-date data available from the American Community Survey, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Health Department and community partners.

Mayor Jean Stothert's Speech at the State of North Omaha:

KMTV Coverage: Report shows progress

WOWT Coverage: Positive direction for North Omaha

Omaha World-Herald Coverage: Positive Outlook for North Omaha

Sat. December 13th 8th Annual State of North Omaha and State of African-Americans

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:39

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Accelerating the Pace of Positive Change

The Empowerment Network and partners invite you to the 8th Annual State of North Omaha and State of African Americans on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Metropolitan Community College - Fort Omaha Campus - Culinary Arts Institute from 9 am to Noon. Brief update presentations from Mayor Jean Stothert, Councilman Ben Gray, Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Superintendent Mark Evans, Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer and others.

Update on the 2014 Progress, Transformation 2025 Plans and help set priorities for 2015!

4th Annual Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake a tremendous success!

Thank you Omaha for your incredible support of our holiday tradition and community celebration.

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Christmas in the Village at 24th and Lake has become one of the largest holiday celebrations and traditions in North Omaha attracting thousands of participants from throughout the city and region.

The event featured exciting activities including: Musical Performances by some of Omaha’s top gospel and jazz artists including Millicent Crawford, Eric and Doriette Jordan, Tarae Peoples, AWC GeNext Voices, and others; Free Carriage Rides; Live Nativity Scene and Petting Zoo (including camels) (12–3pm); Fun Games and Activities for Kids & Families; Free Toys & Treats; Santa and Mrs. Claus Cookie Shop; Face Painting; Interactive Arts & Crafts including Raku Pottery; Candy Canes and Stickers; Rudolph Waiting Room; Family Pictures; Free Hot Chocolate and Cider; Book Giveaway; Great Food from North Omaha Restaurants for Purchase; 30+ local businesses & the North Omaha Holiday Boutique.

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The Empowerment Network monthly community meeting was focused on contracts, business development, entrepreneurship, job training, and the new Nelson Mandela School in North Omaha. Great connections were made!

Thanks Lena and WOWT for covering the event. http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Connecting-Small-Businesses-to-Resour...

Gun violence trends moving in the right direction, more work ahead

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:46

The most recent trends released from the Omaha Police Department show the city continuing to make progress in its efforts to reduce gun violence. Since 2007, gun violence has been reduced by -33% City wide and -47% in the Northeast Precinct. While still at an unacceptable level, progress is being made through the Omaha 360 collaborative efforts including 300 plus organizations and thousands of resident participants.

In addition, more residents are getting involved and calling the police to prevent and reduce gun violence. The increased community engagement has helped generate an 80% clearance rate - arrest made or crime solved - for homicides. Through September, homicides have also been decreased from 33 in 2013 to 22 in 2014.

One shooting is one too many and we will not be satisfied until the number reaches 0!

Omaha World-Herald Report - October 2014

Tabatha Manning, mother of Payton Benson, plans Special Celebration for October 19, 2014
Community invited to participate in honoring the life of Payton Benson

Striving for Success: Black Male Summit making an IMPACT

Submitted by EmpowerOmaha on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:17

Over 180 African-American 9th grade young men and 50 African-American Male Mentors joined together for a powerful day of conversation, strategy and role modeling during the 5th Annual Striving for Success: Black Male Summit.

Omaha World-Herald Coverage

KMTV Coverage

Thank you for attending the 3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference

Over 350 leaders participated.

The Empowerment Network celebrated the 8th Anniversary of its formation in September with the 3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference. Eight years ago, the first meeting brought together local African-American leaders and concerned residents from every sector and area of Omaha. Eight years later, African-American leaders from across the United States are convening in Omaha to share best practices and learn more about the work and results occurring in Omaha. Cities across the country are looking to The Empowerment Network and Revive! Omaha Magazine as best practice models that should be replicated. George Fraser has issued the challenge to establish the Network in over 20 cities over the next five to 10 years.