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Northwest Ohio Community Leaders Discuss Civil Rights at Owens, Jan. 29
A consortium of Northwest Ohio’s educators and leaders will gather at Owens Community College to discuss important issues involving civil rights on Thursday, January 29. This event will serve as the kick-off for the College’s celebration of National Black History Month in February.
The forum titled “Perspectives After 40 Years – The Civil Rights Act” will occur from 12-2 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
In conjunction with National Black History Month, the panel discussion will focus on societal and diversity topics affecting Northwest Ohio. The forum will present issues related to civil rights, highlighted by the movement’s historical past to its present day status. Beginning at 12 p.m., the forum will commence with welcoming remarks by Owens Community College Provost Dr. Paul Unger.
Dr. Bruce Way, Owens Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Deborah Nimely- Washington, Coordinator/Director for the Toledo Public Schools, will serve as moderators for the open discussion. Among the six panel members are Dr. Rebecca Zietlow, Professor, University of Toledo College of Law; Dr. Joseph Slater, Associate Professor, University of Toledo College of Law; Ann Fabiszak Payne, League of Women Voters of Toledo Lucas County; Nina Sabrack, League of Women Voters of Toledo Lucas County; Dr. Harland Britz, Owner and Founder, Britz Law Office, and Dr. Patricia Wise, Attorney and former Owens Board of Trustees Member, Wise and Dorner Ltd.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is arguably one the most significant pieces of legislation ever passed within the United States. The act included 11 titles that covered a variety of issues. Among the titles were outlawing arbitrary discrimination in voter registration requirements, discrimination in public places, desegregation in public schools and equal opportunity employment regardless of race.
Other Owens activities occurring during National Black History Month are:
All National Black History Month events occurring at the College are free and open to the public. For additional information on any of Owens’ National Black History Month activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7102 or (567) 661-7102.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.