24th Street Honors Goodwin Sr. with Street Naming
On June 10 Daniel Goodwin Sr. will be honored with an official street naming and ceremony at 4:00 pm at the Global Leadership Group Community Garden 3118 North 24th Street (24th and Spencer Streets). Food trucks, music, and vendors will be present for the ceremony.
Granddaughter Lasha Goodwin says that the “renaming of 24th and Spencer to Wirt Streets as ‘Dan Goodwin Sr. Street’ is a culmination of 65 year plus of Grandpa's dedication to his business, his community, and family. Our community stands on the shoulders of people like him and in this instance we have the rare opportunity to give him his flowers while he is still with us.”
Civil Rights Activist
During the Civil Rights Movement, Goodwin Sr. was active both locally and nationally. He and Ernie Chambers brought Malcom X to Omaha. He marched on Washington and was arrested for speaking out regarding the wrongful death of Vivian Strong.
At age 42, Goodwin Sr. began powerlifting and went to become a 5-time Masters USA World Team Powerlifter.
Daniel Goodwin Sr. was born in Omaha on January 13, 1932, the seventh of 14 children. Growing up, Daniel lied about his age to try and join the Navy, but he got caught and had to reenlist the following year. After serving in the Navy he attended barber school with support of the GI Bill and graduated high school.
Goodwin opened Spencer Street Barbershop in 1956 and remains in business to date. In 2015, ownership of the barbershop was turned over to his son, Daniel Goodwin Jr.
Culxr House to Send DJ to Ceremony
Marcey Yates has been tapped to provide select music for the gathering. Granddaughter Lasha will play saxophone while guests are being seated.
Anticipated VIP guests include: Andrea Goodwin, Rudy Watson, Barbara Watson, Speedy Bell, Eula Mae McKell, Councilman Ben Gray, County Treasurer John Ewing, State Senator Ernie Chambers, Cousin Steve Hicks, Preston Love, Jr. & Mrs. Love.