Search

Dr. Streets Dental Office

2) Dental office 
of Dr. Bernard Streets Sr.

1125 W. Washington St.

Dr. Bernard Streets Sr. and his wife, Odie Mae Streets, were instrumental leaders in the South Bend Chapter of the NAACP and in other human rights activities. Streets became one of the first African American dentists in South Bend when he arrived in 1929. The couple helped revive the NAACP in 1930 and pushed for integration of the Natatorium. Dr. Streets also was part of an NAACP lawsuit to integrate downtown movie theaters. As a member of the Sanhedrin Club (a local African American civic club), he pushed to open better employment opportunities for African Americans and worked to help elect them and their allies to political office. After serving in World War II, he moved his practice in the early 1950s to 1125 W. Washington St. This building housed his dental office, which served a multi-ethnic clientele. He remained at this location until he retired from dentistry in 1971. The Streets family lived nearby at 324 N. Birdsell St. Mrs. Streets served on the board of El Centro Migrant Center and used her fluent Spanish to help women staying at the YWCA women’s shelter.