Black Family Enterprise and Community in Segregated North Omaha
The Pratt Street House
Author(s): Valandra

Challenge stereotypical depictions of urban, working-class Black neighborhoods through the story of a house, a family residential care center, and a community in Black North Omaha from 1944 – Present.

Collection: Black Studies
Publication Date  Available in all formats
ISBN: 9781915734648
Pages: 216

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How can one story of a Black family, a community and their relationship to home develop our understanding of lived experience in segregated North Omaha?

In 1952, author and scholar Valandra’s grandparents bought a two-story white house on the corner of Pratt Street and 28th Street in North Omaha, migrating from rural Arkansas. Through the sharing of the author’s lived experience and intergenerational resident interviews, Black Family Enterprise explores what it was like to grow up in a segregated working-class Black community.

Part oral history, part urban history, part ethnography of a family and community, this first-person account illustrates the common and unique ways residents claim space and place in defining their lives, community, and sustaining their histories, culture, and traditions. These stories of Black urban placemaking address themes of mutual aid, safety, security, structural inequality and injustice.

A series of personal reflections on intergenerational resistance, resilience, and determination, this book is ideal reading for students of Black Studies, African American Studies, Anthropology, Cultural History, Migration Studies, Urban Studies, American Studies, and Social Work.

Introduction
Motivation
Methodology
Part I: History
Chapter 1 Southern roots and migration North
Chapter 2 History of North Omaha
Part II: Community pillars
Chapter 3 The Williams Residential Care Home
Chapter 4 The Tarver family
Chapter 5 Reverend T. Michael Williams
Chapter 6 Linda Hill
Part III: Neighborhood, inheritance, and legacy
Chapter 7 History of the North Freeway and city planning
Chapter 8 Berdine Hall Williams
Conclusion
Suggested discussion topics
References
Further reading

Valandra BS, MBA, MSW, PhD is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

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How can one story of a Black family, a community and their relationship to home develop our understanding of lived experience in segregated North Omaha?

In 1952, author and scholar Valandra’s grandparents bought a two-story white house on the corner of Pratt Street and 28th Street in North Omaha, migrating from rural Arkansas. Through the sharing of the author’s lived experience and intergenerational resident interviews, Black Family Enterprise explores what it was like to grow up in a segregated working-class Black community.

Part oral history, part urban history, part ethnography of a family and community, this first-person account illustrates the common and unique ways residents claim space and place in defining their lives, community, and sustaining their histories, culture, and traditions. These stories of Black urban placemaking address themes of mutual aid, safety, security, structural inequality and injustice.

A series of personal reflections on intergenerational resistance, resilience, and determination, this book is ideal reading for students of Black Studies, African American Studies, Anthropology, Cultural History, Migration Studies, Urban Studies, American Studies, and Social Work.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Motivation
Methodology
Part I: History
Chapter 1 Southern roots and migration North
Chapter 2 History of North Omaha
Part II: Community pillars
Chapter 3 The Williams Residential Care Home
Chapter 4 The Tarver family
Chapter 5 Reverend T. Michael Williams
Chapter 6 Linda Hill
Part III: Neighborhood, inheritance, and legacy
Chapter 7 History of the North Freeway and city planning
Chapter 8 Berdine Hall Williams
Conclusion
Suggested discussion topics
References
Further reading
About The Author

Valandra BS, MBA, MSW, PhD is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

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