Women in Omaha: Interview with Ella Jean Rogers

An oral history interview with Ella Jean Rogers concerning her life as a Black woman in Omaha, Nebraska, was conducted by Brittany Yenny and Alex Shana on March 7, 2017. Mrs. Rogers spoke about growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 20th century, participating in the Civil Rights Movement, raising her family, and being a lifelong member of her Baptist Church. Ella Jean Rogers was born to Jimmy and Rosie Bell Seay in Omaha, Nebraska. She was the seventh of nine children who were all born and raised in Omaha. Rogers attended Omaha Technical High School (Tech High) leaving three months short of graduation to be married. Rogers later married John B. Rogers with whom she had four children. Rogers earned her GED taking night classes. She continued her education in a number of ways including attending the Omaha Industrial College and taking night classes at her employer, Northwestern Bell. Rogers' own educational experiences motivated her to make sure that each of her children had the opportunity to pursue their own education and earn college degrees. Rogers worked in different roles during her working years, including in public relations. This interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Elaine Nelson's Spring 2017 History 4060/8066: The History of Women in the U.S., 1875-1992, course. The interviews and research conducted in a companion Fall 2017 course became the exhibit "Women in Omaha: A Biographical Sketch of Persistence Through History" at the Durham Museum on display from February 3-July 29, 2018., UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections, 01:22:26
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Abstract/Description: An oral history interview with Ella Jean Rogers concerning her life as a Black woman in Omaha, Nebraska, was conducted by Brittany Yenny and Alex Shana on March 7, 2017. Mrs. Rogers spoke about growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 20th century, participating in the Civil Rights Movement, raising her family, and being a lifelong member of her Baptist Church. Ella Jean Rogers was born to Jimmy and Rosie Bell Seay in Omaha, Nebraska. She was the seventh of nine children who were all born and raised in Omaha. Rogers attended Omaha Technical High School (Tech High) leaving three months short of graduation to be married. Rogers later married John B. Rogers with whom she had four children. Rogers earned her GED taking night classes. She continued her education in a number of ways including attending the Omaha Industrial College and taking night classes at her employer, Northwestern Bell. Rogers' own educational experiences motivated her to make sure that each of her children had the opportunity to pursue their own education and earn college degrees. Rogers worked in different roles during her working years, including in public relations. This interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Elaine Nelson's Spring 2017 History 4060/8066: The History of Women in the U.S., 1875-1992, course. The interviews and research conducted in a companion Fall 2017 course became the exhibit "Women in Omaha: A Biographical Sketch of Persistence Through History" at the Durham Museum on display from February 3-July 29, 2018.
Subject(s): Sound recordings
Omaha (Neb.) -- History
Women -- Nebraska -- Omaha
Oral histories (document genres)
Date Created: 2017-03-07

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