I’ve been researching, writing, and presenting about the little known stories of Fr. John Markoe and the Omaha DePorres Club since 2002. A public educator for twenty-five years, I’ve shared these hidden histories with students from 3rd grade to college.
I’ve been a featured speaker at Creighton University’s Annual Archives Lecture, at St. Louis University’s Heithaus Lecture, at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Malcolm X Festival, and have appeared on CSPAN’s Cities Book Tour program.
My 2014 book, Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club, has been called an “important history – for the civil rights movement and for Omaha” and was reviewed in the Journal of African-American History as well as in the Nebraska History Magazine.
My latest book, published in July, is The Rarest Kind of Courage: The Extraordinary Life of Fr. John Markoe, the story of a Civil Rights pioneer who was “steadfast in doing all he could, the best he could, to speak truth to denial and complacency.”
My writing has also appeared in America and Teaching Tolerance.