Ahead of their time

As you know, today is the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Our hometown of Omaha has a fascinating, though checkered, history when it comes to race relations. One of the leaders in the fight against racism was the Omaha De Porres Club, led by Denny Holland and Fr. John Markoe, S.J., about whom we produced a digital exhibit in 2012.

We are pleased to announce that Matt Holland, a friend of the University Archives and the son of Denny Holland, has written and published a book entitled Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha De Porres Club. You may remember that Matt Holland gave last year’s Archives Lecture about the Club.

Check out the book on Amazon here. Congratulations, Matt! We can’t wait to read it.

For those interested in learning more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the National Archives has a terrific blog post today with photographs, links, and other materials for your perusal.


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