In 1973, Dorothy Eure joined forces with Lerlean Johnson to integrate Omaha Public Schools. The city was racially segregated and African Americas were restricted to only living in North Omaha. North Omaha schools did not provide the same educational opportunities as white schools. Together they led the way to desegregate Omaha Public Schools through mandatory busing, which allowed African Americas to attend schools outside their restricted area.
the 1960s, African Americans throughout the country suffered from
racial inequality and segregation in education. In Omaha African
Americans were limited to the schools located in their segregated
neighborhood of North Omaha. The few schools they did have were old, run
down, and broken. Lerlean Johnson and Dorothy Eure thought that had to
change. They valued education as an equalizer, and knew education could
provide more opportunities. They protested against the inequality and
then took legal action. In 1973, Eure, Johnson, and five other women
brought a lawsuit against Omaha Public Schools. They argued that
children should be able to go to any school regardless of color. They
fought for busing and integration. The women’s fight continued for three
years until they finally won the lawsuit.