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Local children’s author Virginia Hamilton was given Great Ohioan Award by the Ohio Statehouse this week.
Bitter cold and falling snow didn’t keep villagers from honoring the civil rights leader on his actual birth date, January 15, and nearly 50 years after his assassination. See photos from the march and program after the jump.
Villagers are invited to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with events over the long weekend under the theme “The Courage to Take a Stand.”
African-American villagers received citations from the YSPD at a significantly higher rate than to white villagers, according to a statistical study of local police data sponsored by the Justice System Task Force.
The taut psychological thriller “Endless,” made by students and associated faculty at Wilberforce University could be a key ingredient to a renaissance for one of two local HBCUs.
Betty and Jim Felder, both in their 80s, have been recounting their time in Yellow Springs, how they met and when they came here, by each telling their stories which circle back, intertwine and pick up where the other left off.
In the spring of 1944, a group of young African-American women came together under the leadership and musical direction of Dorothy Boyce. They called themselves “The Victorettes.”
Wheeling Gaunt is a local historical figure who not only deserves to be remembered, but also celebrated on a large scale, says a growing group of local individuals and organizations who have launched an effort to erect a bronze statue of Gaunt in the village.
John Gudgel has had family in Yellow Springs since the 1890s; Kevin McGruder came to the village via Antioch College only five years ago. Together, these two historians are trying to preserve some vital local history that is in danger of being lost.
The relationship between local police and the village’s African-American community is one that has become increasingly fraught, especially as turnover in the local department has accelerated in recent years.