UNO Department of Black Studies

“Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Black Studies.

Created through student activism and community involvement, and encountering periods of challenges, UNO's Department of Black Studies remains one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the country. This exhibit highlights important moments in the department’s history including its origins in the 1960s, institutional conflict, and triumphs of a thriving department. 

“Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies” is part of a cooperative project of the UNO Libraries and the Department of Black Studies. Support has been provided by UNO’s Strategic Investment in Social Justice, Inequality, Race, and Class Initiative, UNO Libraries, and the Department of Black Studies. This exhibit is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Items reproduced here are primary sources, materials made during specific time periods. The materials refer to individuals, groups, and events in ways that may be considered upsetting, offensive, or obscene by today's standards. Cultural heritage repositories such as archives, libraries, and museums are not neutral spaces and should not be considered unbiased authorities of historical data. 

This digital exhibit is a snapshot of the history of the Department of Black Studies. The items on display here are just a small percentage of the holdings in UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. Explore the digitized materials from the Department of Black Studies, the Student Unrest Collection, and other items from University Archives.

This exhibit was curated by Claire Du Laney, UNO Libraries' Outreach Archivist, and researched in part by Paul Jensen, UNO Libraries' student worker. If you have any questions about the exhibit, or if you have materials related to the Black Studies department that you would like to donate, please contact the UNO Libraries' Archivists at

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