The Omaha Star is Nebraska's oldest (and only) black weekly newspaper. The Star was established on July 9, 1938, by Mildred D. Brown and her husband. Following the couple's divorce shortly thereafter, Mildred Brown took over ownership and editorial duties at the newspaper, making her one of the very few female newspaper owners and editors in American history. For more than 70 years the Omaha Star has provided positive news for Omaha's black community.
Omaha Star (Nebraska’s only black weekly newspaper) was established July 9, 1938
by the late Mildred D. Brown. Brown was believed to be the first female,
especially the first African American female, to have started a newspaper in
the United States’ history. She was known for being a strong black woman, and
would never let men relegate her to a stereotypical female role. When Brown
passed away in 1989, the paper’s ownership passed onto her niece, Dr. Marguerita
than 70 years, the Omaha Star has been printing positive news and being a
vigilant champion to help improve the lives of African Americans. The star has
also worked tirelessly throughout the years for equal rights for Blacks. The star
led the charge to open restricted public accommodations to Blacks and also
helped black teachers in the Omaha public school systems gain equal
participation. Because of the Omaha Star’s record of never missing an edition
and its legendary work for Black equality, the newspaper has won many awards.
The star was inducted into the Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on
July 9, 1996, has won a Golden Spike Award and is a member of the National
Omaha Star has documented African American lives throughout some of the most
important eras in the United States: the Depression, WWII, the Great Migration,
and the civil rights movement. Located in the heart of Omaha’s black community,
the star continues to be a symbol of strength, education, and culture.