Street renaming would honor Omaha civil rights leader

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on renaming a two-block street section in north Omaha for a local civil rights leader.

The proposal would have Lake Street from North 22nd to North 24th Street renamed for Bertha Calloway. She helped found the Great Plains Black History Museum in 1976 and served as director and curator. City officials say Calloway also participated in protests to integrate diners and the city’s Peony Park.         Calloway used to make classroom presentations in which she would share museum artifacts and teach students about black cowboys and homesteaders.