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Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club

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Before Civil Rights heroes like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King made their courageous stands, before the creation of the iconic images that represent the struggle against racism in the United States - before there even was a Civil Rights Movement - there was the story of the Omaha DePorres Club. The DePorres Club's pioneering efforts not only challenged racial discrimina ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Brook
Enlightening read. Not only did I learn about the DePorres Club, I learned what commitment and sacrifice look like, what strategic thinking looks like, what Christian community looks like when it is real and truly interracial. It helps me translate the streets I drive in and shop in much differently because I can see the city through the eyes of both hurt and of hope. I may never know many of those I am reading about, but deeply value the lessons this book reflects. I think a paragraph in the po ...more
Valerie in Nebraska
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Ahead of Their Time by Matt Holland outlines one group’s efforts to achieve fair employment practices for Blacks in my adopted hometown of Omaha, Nebraska in the 1950s.

The small but mighty group was led by two unlikely men, a Catholic priest whose alcoholism ended a promising military career and a Kansas farm boy who came to Omaha to attend Creighton
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Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Narrative drive, character development, archival documentation -- everything I want in a social history. All of it wrapped in the love and respect with which the author frames his father, Denny Holland. Moreover, the author had the chops to capture Father John Markoe, whose charisma and torment cry out for the big screen. This is important history -- for the civil rights movement, and for Omaha. Some of it is hard to stomach -- the third major character is Jim Cro ...more
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Matt Holland has worked as a public educator for twenty-five years in a variety of settings, including; special education paraprofessional, elementary classroom teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and curriculum specialist. He has lived in Alaska and Georgia and currently lives in Omaha.
Holland has been researching, presenting and writing about the Omaha DePorres Club since 2002. Holla
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