Demand for change: What you need to know Friday

Demand for change: What you need to know Friday
Demand for change: What you need to know Friday, July 31

More than two months after Miami Valley protesters joined the nation demanding change after George Floyd was killed in police custody, News Center 7 this week presented a comprehensive community conversation on the status of police and racial justice reforms.

Content Continues Below

Content Continues Below

Things you should know in the demand for change following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police:

  • The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center at Wilberforce reopens
  • Enjoy Oxford has published a self-guided Black History Tour covering a range of the rich history of Oxford, Ohio’s Black community. Learn about world-famous jazz pianist Maurice Rocco, born and raised in Oxford. Visit the town’s Historically Black Churches, and see previous sites of segregation that were then integrated because of the determination of Black citizens who demanded that their rights to occupy space be fully respected and enforced. This tour is a celebration of the talents, bravery, and community-building of Oxford’s Black residents. In publishing this tour, we hope to keep their memory alive and to remember the importance of knowing our past in order to continue moving forward to a justice-oriented future. Pick up a copy of the tour booklet at the Enjoy Oxford office (14 W. Park Place, Suite C) or send your address to TaylorMeredith@EnjoyOxford.org to have one mailed.
  • Two working groups of the city of Dayton police reform initiative will meet Tuesday, Aug 4. The Training Working Group will meet 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Recruitment Working Group will meet 5 to 6:30 p.m. View them live at daytonohio.gov/govtv. For more, go to daytonohio.gov/policereform.
  • The Cleveland Indigenous Coalition, with support from more than 50 organizations and businesses, is calling on Cleveland City Council, Progressive Insurance, and Cleveland baseball sponsors to actively engage with the Cleveland baseball team to change their name and end the use of all Indigenous themes and imagery. Supporters also believe the team needs to immediately engage with the Cleveland Native American community who, for the last six decades, have fought to remove both the Cleveland Indians name and Chief Wahoo logo. Some of the initial supporting organizations include the YWCA of Greater Cleveland; ACLU of Ohio; NAACP Cleveland Chapter; Black Lives Matter Cleveland; the Social Justice Institute and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Case Western Reserve University. With scientific research clearly demonstrating that Native American team names and logos contribute to low self-esteem, low community worth, increased stress and depression in Native American youth, several large scientific organizations such as the American Psychological Association have already called for the elimination of Native American sports nicknames and logos; as well as more than 100 Native American tribes, and dozens of nationally-based Native American organizations.
  • A Missouri prosecutor said he would not charge the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown in 2014.
  • Milwaukee police searching for killer, motive of Black supporter of Trump
  • Players, coaches take a knee Thursday as NBA celebrates re-opening night