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The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
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The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.

Antioch College History Professor Kevin McGruder credits some of the shift to rising college-graduation rates among many blacks in Yellow Springs.

"So, as black people have had access to more college they seek more opportunities and jobs they can get with those degrees than in opening up a store," McGruder says.

Hope Road performers rehearse for their upcoming show about Harlem.
Hope Road Organization

Theater at its best can address universal themes for the audience and the actors: the struggle for human dignity, relationships, conflict.

Hundreds Gathered To Remember Stokes

Aug 26, 2015
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Cleveland Congressman Louis Stokes was remembered Tuesday as someone who overcame tough economic and racial obstacles to become Ohio’s first black congressman. Hundreds of people gathered at his funeral to celebrate his life.

Stokes rose from a Cleveland housing project and was elected to congress in 1968. During his funeral at Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. charted some of Stokes’ climb from poverty to become a powerful force in Washington.

One chapter in my most recent book, African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon (Lexington Books, 2015) looks at racial interactions in Cameroon: African American-Caucasian, African-Caucasian, and African American-African. The research finds gross ignorance in public discourse on race relations. But academic institutions neither mandate students to take courses about America’s racial past nor create other avenues for a critical examination of racism in the U.S.