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Omaha Table Talk | Storytelling As Remembrance: Black Art and History in the 100th Year of Will Brown’s Lynching

September 23, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Omaha Table Talk | Storytelling As Remembrance: Black Art and History in the 100th Year of Will Brown’s Lynching

On September 28, 1919 in Omaha, Nebraska Will Brown lost his life to a violent lynch mob based on the accusations of a white couple and without any consideration of due process or his humanity.  He was lynched and his body was brutalized. 

One hundred years later, efforts to memorialize his life and death in Omaha have given rise to Black Art that remembers Will Brown, as well as other painful events in the history of Black Omaha.  Storytelling is a tradition and a radical method to retain the stories and history of Black Americans. Omaha’s local theater community has given rise to beautiful plays about our shared Omaha history and the efforts to memorialize Will Brown have given rise to documentarian efforts.  Join the conversation around art and radical remembrance, around Will Brown, racism, the media and our shared painful past. 

Moderator: JoAnna LeFlore, Community Arts Activist


Beaufield Berry, Playwright of Red Summer 

Denise Chapman, Creative Director and Dramaturg

Lend Frison, La Mancha Films 


11:30-11:45am | Check-in and get food

11:45am-1:00pm | Panel and Table Discussion

Omaha Table Talk is a program which ensures everyone has a seat at the table – inviting all to take part in an open and honest dialogue about race, ethnicity, and other forms of difference, while enjoying a complimentary meal. 

This event is free, open to the public (age 15 and older), ASL interpretation available, wheelchair accessible, and vegan/allergy-friendly. Registration is strongly encouraged so that specific diet requirements can be taken into account.  


 Please address questions or concerns about this event to katherine@inclusive-communities.org.



UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 201
6001 Dodge Street CEC
Omaha, NE 68182 United States


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