Nebraska Authors

Matt Holland

AKA: Matthew F. Holland

Born 1961 Omaha, NE (USA)

Holland's book, Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club, based on materials he found in his parent's attic, is the story of a forgotten Omaha civil rights group of the 1940s and 1950s, working under difficult circumstances against segregation and discrimination years before there was a broader national civil rights movement. The group was founded by two white guys, Catholic Priest John Markoe, a Jesuit who was also a 1914 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and Denny Holland, Matt's father, but it came to include many people who would be important in the civil rights history of Omaha, including Bertha Calloway, Whitney Young, Ray Metoyer and others.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Omaha, Nebraska (City); Omaha (City)--History; Civil Rights--History; African-American History


Ahead of Their Time: The Story of the Omaha DePorres Club. 2014

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