Humanities Nebraska ( is pleased to promote The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) traveling exhibit “Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies.” The exhibit celebrates the 50 years of Black Studies at UNO, sharing the turbulent history and triumphs of one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the nation.

“Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies” is an eight-panel traveling exhibit sharing historical snapshots of one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the nation. The exhibit highlights the department’s civil rights origins, attempts to downgrade the department to a program, and the mutual engagement between campus and community. The banners share archival materials such as newspaper clippings, department documents, and photos chronicling events from the 1969 campus sit-in, to the celebration of the “Omaha 54” student activists 52 years later. The history of the Department of Black Studies has been characterized by a constant struggle for survival, but also by the enduring engagement and support of the Omaha Black community.

This traveling exhibit was curated by Claire Du Laney, UNO Libraries Outreach Archivist, and researched in part by Paul Jensen, UNO Libraries student worker. This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. To learn more, go to

The exhibit will be at the following locations in 2023:

  • UNO Libraries January 1-4
  • Nebraska Methodist College January 4-March 1
  • Baright Public Library, Ralston March 23-May 12
  • Great Plains Black History Museum July 1-31

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