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Displaying items by tag: Black History Month

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 08:43

Dr. Demond Scott: Helping the Community is a Calling

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Dr. Demond Scott is with AxessPointe Community Health Center, and though he is originally from Alabama, he has now made Akron his home. Dr. Scott has always made it a point to get involved in the community and helping people, and he has done so with his practice.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Al Bragg was a long time captain in the Akron Fire Department, and he talked about his journey in entering a field that, at the time, was not populated by many African-Americans. Bragg mentioned how Akron, as well as other fire departments, are committed to ensuring diversity and growing with the times.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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Monday, 22 February 2021 07:46

Mike Williams: Like Father, Like Son

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

The name Mike Williams seems pretty common in America, but in Akron, it's anything but. The proud son of the late Judge James R. Williams, Mike grew up in a household where he got a first-hand look at the adult world. Eventually, he, like his father, also became a leader in the community as a member of city council, and has thrown his hat in the ring for mayor of Akron.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:18

Kemp Boyd: A Leader of Young Men

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Kemp Boyd is the executive director of Love Akron, and he has been a prominent figure and coach in the area for a number of years. He has made a mission in directing young men and molding them into gentlemen and future leaders.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


Wednesday, 17 February 2021 07:51

Marco & Margo Sommerville: A Family Affair

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

It was a family affair today, as Marco Sommerville and his daughter, Margo, stopped by. Marco has served in Akron City Council, served on various committees, and has operated Sommerville Funeral Services for the last four decades. Margo has carved an impressive path for herself, now as the president of Akron City Council.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Robert DeJournett is now a part of the Greater Akron Chamber, after spending three decades with Summa Health, and this new role gives him a different perspective of finding aspiring black entrepreneurs in the community. He believes there is a wealth of black history in Akron, and he feels proud to helping mold the youths of today and tomorrow.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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Monday, 15 February 2021 08:48

Eddie Sipplen: Can't Be Defined By a Label

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Eddie Sipplen is a prominent attorney in the Akron area, and he also threw his hat in the mayoral ring back in 2015. Sipplen is not one to keep quiet and mince words; he makes his voice heard in the community with civil rights, and is very active on social media.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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Friday, 12 February 2021 08:50

Teresa LaGrier: A Hand in Everything in Akron

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Teresa LaGrier is with the Akron Urban League, and she has done pretty much everything one can do in the city, and she has made a difference every step of the way. She has served on several boards and committees over the years, and has made her volunteer work a passion.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:47

Tara Samples' Journey From Teen Mom to City Council

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Tara Samples is the councilwoman in Ward 5, and while she is a household name now, it wasn’t always easy. Tara talks about her upbringing and journey from becoming a teen mom to working in city council, to being a candidate for the lieutenant governor of Ohio.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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Wednesday, 10 February 2021 07:55

Glenn Gillespie: From Dishwasher to Restaurant Owner

WAKR and the Ray Horner Morning Show are featuring a member of the black community in Akron who have made an impact by their courage and leadership.

Glenn Gillespie has not only been active in the community, but he’s fed the community, as well. Glenn talks about his rise through culinary school and working nearly every position in the restaurant industry to becoming the owner of Edgar’s Restaurant.

Akron’s Celebration of Black History this month is brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Metro Regional Transit Authority.


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