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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.

Darryl Brake is a well-known name in the Akron community, as he is currently the exectuive director of the Summit County Community Partnership. He talks to Ray Horner about finding the strengths in others to improve his weaknesses, and he speaks fondly about the diversity of people and thought.

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, 08 February 2021 08:43

Judi Hill: An Optimist By Nature

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.

Judi Hill heads up the Akron chapter of the NAACP, and she talked about how her mother was a major influence on her growing up, and how she has taken on that leadership role well into adulthood.

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.

Dorothy Jackson has been a staunch social activist in the Akron community for well more than a half century. After 12 years working for Goodwill Industries, she spent 16 years with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, promoting the importance of providing housing to lower income families. Her work in the community has won her numerous awards over the years, and was named deputy mayor of Akron in 1984.

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.


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. Sylvester Small has done virtually everything in Akron Public Schools, from substitute teaching to becoming a full-time teacher, to board administrator, assistant principal, principal, and eventually the superintendent. Dr. Small talked about his rise through the school system.

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.


Friday, 05 February 2021 07:53

Re. Ron Fowler on His Role as a Community Leader

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.

Reverend Ron Fowler talks about what Black History Month means to him, who influenced him during his youth, and his rise to leading his congregation at the Arlington Church of God.

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.


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.

Before he became a state senator, Vernon Sykes looked back at his early years growing up in Akron, and how his mother made an immeasurable impact on the young Vernon. The senator talked about his career, beginning with Akron City Council and he followed that path down to Columbus.

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.


Friday, 05 February 2021 07:43

Russ Neal on Becoming a Role Model, City Leader

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.

One of those leaders is Russ Neal, who serves Ward 4 in Akron City Council. Neal talks about his upbringing, from his days at Buchtel to becoming a role model in the community after his return to the Akron area.

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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