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Marguerita Le Etta Washington

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Chili, Hot Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1948
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Kansas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Chili, Hot Wings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1948
Birth Location:
Kansas City
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Biography

Omaha Star publisher Marguerita Le Etta Washington was born on August 16, 1948 to Anna Le Brown and attorney Edmund Duke Washington. Washington’s maternal great grandfather, the richest man in Bessemer, Alabama, left his fortune to his black daughter, her grandmother. The white relatives resolved the matter by burning down the Bessemer courthouse. Washington’s aunt, Mildred Brown, founded Omaha, Nebraska’s Omaha Star in 1938. Washington graduated from Kansas’ Lincoln High School in 1964, at the age of sixteen. Afterwards, she briefly attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City. She then went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she earned her B.A. degree in sociology and elementary education. While earning her M.A. degree in administration and special education, Washington began teaching in the Omaha public schools. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in administration and instruction in 1985.

On November 2, 1989, Washington’s aunt, Mildred Brown, was laid to rest, and Washington became the Omaha Star’s new publisher. The Omaha Star has a circulation of 30,000 in Nebraska with a staff that is encouraged to be readers and critical thinkers. Regular contributions are made by Phyllis Hicks and State Representative Ernest Chambers. A community institution, the Omaha Star’s headquarters was recognized as a historical landmark designation in 2006, and under Washington’s leadership, a memorial will be created in honor of her aunt, Mildred Brown.

In 2005, the Omaha YWCA recognized Washington as one of the ten “Women of Vision.” In 2007, Washington formed the “Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, Inc.,” in order to give young people the opportunity to study and research the history of African American journalism in Nebraska as well as getting hands on experience with a local newspaper.

Washington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 5, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington talks about her mother's birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington talks about her father's birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington explains why her father fled Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington explains why her father fled New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls being raised by her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls her childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her parents' commitment to education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington remembers trips with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes Wendell Phillips Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls her mischief at Wendell Phillips Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the vocational education programs in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls the founding of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington remembers her subscription to the Kansas City Call
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington remembers her stepmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls her activities at Lincoln High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls her experiences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls her transfer to St. Teresa's College in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington remembers her brief marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her work in the Omaha Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her educational philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls becoming the publisher of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington reflects upon her challenges at the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington talks about the Omaha Star's news coverage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the writing staff of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the different responsibilities of journalists and publishers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington talks about the Omaha Star's advertisers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington recalls the most popular issues of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes the latest issue of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington reflects upon the changes at the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington shares her plans for the future of the Omaha Star
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marguerita Le Etta Washington describes how she would like to be remembered