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Published 1/14/2004
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:
    Wednesday, February 4
    • Def Poetry Jam
      Hear the spoken word performed by Toledo poets R.E. Braziel, Andre “Dre’ Day” Knighten, Chareese “Rhapsody” Whitacre and Jesus Hampton as part of the College’s Def Poetry Jam celebration. Each performer is hailed for their ability to emotionally affect audiences with their multi-sensory talents. (12-2 p.m.) (Student Health and Activities Center)
    Thursday, February 5
    • Comedian Troy Thirdgill
      Internationally known comedian, writer and actor Troy Thirdgill will bring his humorous antics to Northwest Ohio. Thirdgill has been doing stand-up for almost 15 years and has traveled around the country visiting colleges, small clubs, and more recently, going overseas to perform routines for U.S. troops. Although a stand-up comic by night, he also has appeared in various television shows like “In the House” with LL Cool J and the popular hit series “Beverly Hills 90210”. (12-1 p.m.) (Student Health and Activities Center)
    Friday, February 6
    • Gospel Concert
      Once narrowly defined as religious, gospel music has transcended those limits to become a profound force in American music and popular culture. Groups participating in the concert, which all reside in Toledo, include The Psalmist, The Clarence Smith Choir, Excel, The Cornerstone Church and Joshua’s Generation (youth choir). (7-10 p.m.) (Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre)
    Thursday, February 12
    • Civil Rights Speaker Pastor Aaron Wheeler
      Pastor Aaron Wheeler, Chairman of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, will speak about National Black History Month and the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The East Cleveland native has been active in civil rights throughout his career, and in 1987 received the NAACP National Award of Merit for “placing his quest for justice above any personal concern”. A reception for Pastor Wheeler will follow his lecture. (7 p.m.) (Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128)
    Thursday, February 19
    • Health Information Awareness Day
      St. Charles Mercy Hospital, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood and the Sickle Cell Anemia Project of Northwest Ohio will provide Owens employees and students and area residents with health-related information and services throughout the day. (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) (College Hall Atrium)
    Wednesday, February 25
    • Dave Bush and the Topic: Hiphopology
      Dave Bush, Executive Director of Madd Poets Society, will speak about how rap music has influenced and impacted communication within mainstream America. (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) (Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128)
In addition, Owens’ Library will display a variety educational materials commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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.


 

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