Righting History - An Invitation: Featuring the Fr. Markoe, SJ Collection & the DePorres Club
Civil rights pioneer Fr. John Markoe, SJ, was a influential and beloved Jesuit at Creighton in the middle of the 20th century. He is best known for founding the Omaha Deporres Club, whose members strove boldly for civil rights with the North Omaha community, working to encourage businesses to change racially discriminatory practices. His personal collection of correspondence, evocative photographs, rare and powerful flyers and handbills, insightful organizational papers, and meticulously compiled research files now reside at Creighton University. Celebrate and learn more about this collection and the legacy of Fr. Markoe at this event, open to the public.
Program (open detailed program):
- Matt Holland, author and son of DePorres club member Denny Holland, will share his perspective on the legacy of the group
- University archivist Peterson Brink will describe what is in the collection and give an invitation to access it at Creighton University Libraries
- Eric Ewing, executive director of the Great Plains Black History Museum, will provide local historical background and will open the museum after the program,
- and other guest speakers.
Refreshments will be provided.
Transportation and Parking:
- A shuttle will be available to transport students from the Creighton campus (meet at the west end of the mall by the fountain statue) to the event and back.
- Parking is available behind (west of) the Revive Center and on streets.
- Metro Transit's 24 line stops at nearby 24th and Lake.
Presented by Creighton University Libraries, the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, and the Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts & Professions, and the Great Plains Black History Museum