The 15th African-American History Challenge (AAHC) was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Central High
School, 124 North 20th Street Blvd., Omaha, NE 68102. The event sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Omaha,
Inc., in partnership with Omaha Public Schools was another success. The Great Plains Black Museum, Cox,
Sherwood, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha were contributing sponsors.
This year’s winners were Beveridge Middle School in the Junior Division and Burke High School in the Senior
Division. The winners of each division will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete at the 100 Black Men of
America Annual Conference which will take place, June 4th – June 7th in Houston, Texas.
Morton Middle School and Nathan Hale Middle School earned second and third place in the junior division. Benson
and North High School earned second and third place. The 2015 Spirit Awards went to Marrs Middle School in the
Junior Division and Central High School in the Senior Division.
This national education program designed by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is used to enhance the study of
African-American history and culture among middle and high school students. The competition is divided into two
divisions; junior and senior.
This year’s event co-chairs were Eric L. Ewing and Edgar Hicks, members of the 100 Black Men of Omaha.
The judges were Granville Welch, Vice President and Treasurer of Human Resources, Incorporated and Jennifer
Harbour, Ph.D., Black Studies Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Since 2001, the African American History Challenge has provided over $300,000 in scholarships and prizes to
deserving Omaha area middle and high school students. The AAHC is the result of four months of intense
preparation by dedicated 100 Black Men of Omaha members and Omaha Public School staff.
The 100 Black Men of Omaha’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth reach their
fullest potential. The mission is driven by the 100 Black Men of Omaha’s “Four for the Future” initiatives, which
include Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment. This has been the organization’s
charge since 1995, when a group of concerned African-American men realized that the survival of our community
rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change.
Today, the 100 Black Men of Omaha is one of 110 chapters nationally and internationally that make up the 100
Black Men of America, Inc., an alliance of leading African-American men representing a myriad of professions
including community, business, education, public affairs and government.
For more information about the 2015 African American History Challenge or the 100 Black Men of Omaha,
please contact our office at 402-934-7065.