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The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the spring of 1968, the Omaha Central High School basketball team made history with its first all-black starting lineup. Their nickname, the Rhythm Boys, captured who they were and what they did on the court. Led by star center Dwaine Dillard, the Rhythm Boys were a shoo-in to win the state championship. But something happened on their way to glory.

In early March, segr
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by University of Nebraska Press
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Sally
Oct 29, 2016 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not the most literary book every written. I was not perhaps the intended audience. It *does* however, give a good snapshot of Omaha in a very tumultuous time. So, if you enjoy stories about Basketball, or are from Omaha, I would recommend this book.
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Apr 09, 2014 Blexicana2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting read. Paints a picture that many younger people in Omaha are unaware of. Definitely recommend this book as well as the documentary A Time for The Burning. Although not the main focus, really found the parts about Gayle Sayers compelling. As many are familiar with his story in relation to the NFL and Brian's Song, this book adds new perspective and background on the atmosphere he came from. Again, recommend this book for all 30 For 30 fans.
Sarah
Feb 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was drawn to this book more by the Nebraska history than the basketball, and I wasn't disappointed. Steve Marantz – himself an Omaha Central student in the late '60s and an eyewitness to the accounts he describes – does a great job weaving the events in Omaha into a national historical context. It's a very readable, very interesting story.
Lucy
Jan 14, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well researched account of the race riot that occurred in 1967/68 following the appearance of George Wallace in Omaha, Nebraska. The author has used the remarkable basketball team of Central High School as the focus of his story. Diaries, interviews, newspaper accounts are utilized by the author to verify a tale between two cultures of bigotry, politics, and sports.
Jenni
Apr 09, 2012 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this exposes little known historical facts about Omaha that put current views and sterotypes into perspective. A must read for Omahans!
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