Profile By: Samantha Miller
Catherine Pope started her undergraduate coursework at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) during the late 1960s. She began her studies towards the end of the African American Civil Rights Movement, which was a difficult period in Omaha’s history. Amidst the racial disparities, Catherine won the title of Miss Omaha and used her influence to change racially-biased politics in Omaha and at UNO for other minority citizens and students. After graduation, she moved to San Diego where she worked with children and adults to ensure that every child, regardless of background, was given the chance to succeed. Catherine’s dedication to others has had a lasting impact on those around her.