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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Miami University’s role in Freedom Summer in the 1960s could be a part of a national network of historic sites, stories, research facilities and educational programs connected to the African American Civil Rights Movement.
The African American Civil Rights Network Act would also establish a National Park Service program to educate the public and provide technical assistance for documenting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
RELATED: Miami commemorates 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer (June 2014)
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the U.S. House bill that would initially include historic sites identified by the National Park Service’s Civil Rights Initiative, such as the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “Mountaintop” speech the day before his assassination, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, an initial co-sponsor of the Senate’s companion bill. He said there is an opportunity for additional sites to be added, like Miami University’s Western Campus in Oxford, where students trained to register African American voters in Mississippi during Freedom Summer.
In 1964, hundreds of volunteers, many of whom were white college students, trained in Oxford before they traveled south to register black voters and set up freedom schools. Around 800 people went through orientation training from June 14-27 at the Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami University’s Western campus. Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20, were murdered in Mississippi soon after leaving Oxford.
The bill, which passed the U.S. House by voice vote in July, has been sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed. U.S. Reps. Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, and Jason Smith, R-Missouri, sponsored the bill. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, introduced the Senate’s companion bill.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:46 AM
DAYTON — The 2018 Dayton Women’s March will take place today, January 20.
RELATED: Dayton Women’s March 2017
The event, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at Courthouse Square (23 N. Main Street) is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.
The 2018 rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality.
Though the women’s movement has been around for decades, the historic march in Dayton began in January 2017 in order to unite with other cities throughout the U.S. to build a positive and just future for all.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.
The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.
We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated.
Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports.
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The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:58 AM
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Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
TODAY: Increasing clouds and breezy for the day with temperatures climbing to the lower 40s. However, winds will make it feel like the upper 20s to lower 30s during the afternoon. Areas of light drizzle and mist will develop tonight as temperatures dip into the mid 30s. Drivers should watch for isolated slick spots on overpasses and bridges.
TOMORROW: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.
MONDAY: It’ll be mainly dry to start the day, but rain chances increase late morning into the afternoon. Gusty winds will be likely as temperatures soar into the lower 50s.
TUESDAY: A colder, blustery day with the chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries. Highs will be in the mid-30s, but will feel like the teens and 20s.
WEDNESDAY: Some sunshine make a return, but it will still be breezy and cold in the upper 30s.