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17th African American History Challenge Held February 4, 2017

By February 6, 2017No Comments

 100 Black Men of Omaha held its 17th African American History Challenge

The 17th African American History Challenge (AAHC) was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at North High Magnet School, 4410 North 36th Street, Omaha, NE 68111. The History Challenge, a collaboration between the 100 Black Men of Omaha and Omaha Public Schools, was sponsored in part by Cox Communications and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This year’s winners were Beveridge Magnet Middle School in the Junior Division and Burke High School in the Senior Division.  The National competition will be held at the 100 Black Men of America Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will take place, June 7th – June 11th.

Davis Middle School and Hale Middle School earned second and third place in the junior division. Benson High School and Creighton Preparatory earned second and third place.

This education reading 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.

Eric L. Ewing and Edgar Hicks, served as co-chairs; Bill Alexander and Sherman P. Willis served as moderators, all of whom are members of the 100 Black Men of Omaha. Judges for the event were Granville Welch, Vice President and Treasurer of Human Resources, Incorporated and Jennifer Harbour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Black Studies Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Since 2001, the African American History Challenge has provided over $355,000 in scholarships and prizes to deserving Omaha area middle and high school students.  The AAHC is the result of months of intense preparation each year by dedicated 100 Black Men of Omaha members, Omaha Public School staff and students.

The 100 Black Men of Omaha’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth reach their full potential. We seek to achieve our mission through Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs. Our programs include Leadership and Mentoring Academy, Pathways to Success/Financial Literacy, African American History Challenge, 100 Saturday Academy, Real Men Read and Real Men Greet.

Today, the 100 Black Men of Omaha is one of over 100 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.

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2017 Junior Division Winners – Beveridge Middle School

2017 Senior Division Winners – Burke High School