Celebrating Black Pathmakers

Air Date: 02/11/2021

“Forgotten World”    John Johnson may have a common name, but the photographs he took of black families in Lincoln during the early 1900s has made him one of the great African American photographers of the 20th Century. All of Johnson’s work could have easily been lost to the ages but for a teenage boy who, in 1965, spent $10 dollars for a box of 280 glass plate negatives. “Edwina Justus" When she was hired at Union Pacific in the early 1970s, Edwina Justus was one of five black women who worked in the Omaha office. Within a few short years, she would become the company’s first female African American locomotive engineer. "Bob Gibson’s Legacy" He’s an Omaha native who played 17 years with the St. Louis Cardinals and he’s been in the Hall of Fame since 1981. So it’s about time that his hometown honored pitcher Bob Gibson by commissioning a statue—which is anything but static! “Nebraska’s Tuskegee Heroes” Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. But in 1941, an Army Air Forces (formerly Army Air Corps) program was started in Tuskegee, Alabama to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. In this story, Paul Adams and Charles Lane recall the racism they encountered on the ground in contrast to the freedom they felt in the sky.