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Villagers talk race, life in Yellow Springs

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Last week, YS News Reporter Lauren Heaton sat down at Antioch College’s Coretta Scott King Center with three local families: the Blunts, Basim and Toylin and their 10-year-old son, Malcolm; the Okias, Opolot, Simeon and their 17-year-old son, Oluka; and the Hendersons, Brett and Isis. Lauren recorded the families’ discussion about what life is like in the village for people of color. The conversation was spurred by proposed discussion topics from the 365 Project, a local group that facilitates “courageous conversations” about diversity in the village. This conversation precedes a community-wide forum that the 365 Project will present on Saturday, Feb. 21, 1–4 p.m., at Mills Lawn, on the same topics. All are invited to participate.

Note: because the conversation is difficult to hear in some places, subtitles have been added to the recorded discussion.

A full story on the families’ conversation, and the upcoming 365 Project forum, appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of the Yellow Springs News.


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