Black History Month Celebration

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Sponsored by Fair Housing Contract Service and Akron-Summit County Public Library.


Ray talked to Dr. Sylvester Small, the first black Superintendent of Akron Public Schools. Dr. Small has been a big part of the community with work in the NAACP, Leadership Akron, Coming Together Project, and more.  They discuss the family move to Akron, his work in the Akron Public School…
Monday, 14 February 2022 09:01

Black History Month: Senator Vernon Sykes

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  Ray talked to Senator Vernon Sykes about how he decided to get into public service, his influences, and more.
Joe Fortunato is a Film Study Professor at Arizona State University. He talks to Ray about America's black history on the silver screen and the 1977 miniseries Roots.
Thursday, 10 February 2022 08:56

Larry Doby Jr Talks About His Father's Legacy

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Larry Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball. He was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier and also the first black player in the American League. Larry Doby Jr talked to Ray about his father's legacy and accomplishments. {podcast…
Wednesday, 09 February 2022 09:08

Professor Mwatabu Okantah on Africana Studies

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Ray talked to Associate Professor Mwatabu Okantah from Kent State University's Department of Africana Studies. They discuss why education begins in Africa, how African's evolved after they were brought to the "New World", and more.
Tuesday, 08 February 2022 08:52

Terry Pluto on Black History in Cleveland Sports

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Ray talked to Terry Pluto, award winning writer and columnist, about the impact of black history on Cleveland sports.   
Ray talked to Dr. Charles Wash, Executive Director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center located in Wilberforce, Ohio. They discussed all the exhibits and education available in the museum and online.
Friday, 04 February 2022 09:00

Dr. Kevin Kern on Black History in Warfare

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Ray talked to Dr. Kevin Kern, Associate Professor of History at the University of Akron, about the history of warfare, when black and white soldiers stood side by side in war.
Ray talked to Nwaka Onwusa, Chief Curator & Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They discuss the importance of the influence African American musicians have had on music.
Wednesday, 02 February 2022 09:02

Marco Sommerville on Black History in Akron

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Ray talked to Marco Sommerville, Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs/Senior Advisor to the Mayor, about black history in Akron:   
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