Former Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers (D) Speaks Feb. 19

Nebraska’s former senior state senator (D-Omaha) Ernie Chambers, who served for nearly 40 years, finally faced an opponent he could not beat – new term limit rules. Chambers, who built a reputation as a firebrand and as a master of process among his legislative colleagues was praised, as he left office in 2008, as a politician who made those around him think – especially when he sued God in 2007. Chambers will present a talk, “An Evening with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers,” at 6 p.m., in Kennedy Memorial Hall, Alden Trust Auditorium (room 112) at Assumption College. This event, in celebration of Black History Month, is free and open to the public.

Chambers was a young barber when he first appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1966 documentary film, "A Time for Burning." During the 1960s, he emerged as a prominent leader in the North Omaha (Neb.) community when, during the 1966 riots, he successfully negotiated concessions from the city's leaders on behalf of the African American youths of North Omaha. He is considered one of the Legislature's most passionate, controversial and outspoken members, and has been characterized by some as “the Maverick of Omaha,” the “angriest black man in Nebraska,” and the “defender of the downtrodden.”

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Assumption College. For more information, e-mail or call her at 508-767-7100.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews