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Remembering Selma, Honoring Black History Year-Round

Feb 15, 2015
Kimberly Barrett is Wright State University’s Vice President For Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement.
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Black History Month has always created a bit of a quandary for me. I hope that one day stories of the contributions of Americans of African descent are so woven into the intergenerational narrative we share in the United States that there will be no need for it. However, this year the celebration of Black History Month is especially momentous. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of events leading to a pivotal moment in the evolution of our nation’s democracy, the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Jen Goellnitz

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. You'll be asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days and report your sightings online. Anyone can take part, from beginning bird watchers to experts!

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When I am restless in the winter, the landscape around me doesn't seem enough. These few acres of woods and homes are just a taste, only a promise of the great world.

But when I go too far away, I gather my landmarks of home around me. Distant locations only make sense against my private gauge.

Time benefits from a master point like Greenwich; from that arbitrary set point, we can know the sun throughout the world, and even plot the instant and the physical place where the past and future blend to a single day, balance in a temporal vacuum.

After 150 Years, Black Struggles Echo An Earlier Voice

Feb 9, 2015
Henry Highland Garnet, abolitionist pastor and advocate, spoke on the U.S. capitol in February, 1865.
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A hundred and fifty years ago this week, Reverend Henry Highland Garnet became the first Black man to present from the speaker’s platform in the U.S. capital. He preached to commemorate the January 31st passage by Congress of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. In the sermon, Garnet compared Christians who supported slavery to the biblical Pharisees who observed many rituals, but whose cruelty  demonstrated that they did not have a true love for their fellow men in their hearts.

Today is First Friday, and that means it starts with a bang in downtown Dayton. There is a free art hop featuring exhibit openings at the galleries, along with a variety of entertainment options, arts, demonstrations, live music and more.

Beautiful organ music will be the theme for Organic Masterpieces, on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, at Shiloh Church. They will perform several choral works written for the organ, along with several others in the a cappella tradition.

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The seasonal clock has advanced by the span of three moons since the last leaves fell to the ground. The first weeds and wildflowers of 2015 were already rising slowly through November and December: hemlock, lamium, garlic mustard, creeping Charlie, sweet rockets, sweet Cicely, dock, skunk cabbage, wood mint, watercress, mouse-eared chickweed. And now, the tips of snowdrops and snow crocus and daffodils have emerged.

An evening-length contemporary dance theater takes a sneak peek into the lives of various lovers, whose relationships collide and intersect throughout the span of one evening in a quaint but moody nightclub. Emotions are stirred. Hearts break. Hearts mend. This is Saturday, 7:30pm at the Victoria Theatre.

Gabrielle Civil in a previous performance entitled "And then..." at Antioch College.
Dennie Eagleson

WYSO is planning a series of commentaries in the coming weeks from local professors and leaders in the black community, in honor of Black History Month in February. To kick it off, Antioch College Associate Professor of Performance Gabrielle Civil is on air Friday morning, Jan. 30, to preview upcoming events at Antioch College.

Civil is holding a story circle in collaboration with Coretta Scott King Center director Mila Cooper. Details provided by Antioch College are below; information about other events will be added as they become available. 

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Late winter is the anteroom to early spring, growing the birdsong, rousing small mammals to courtship, drawing the first bulbs from under the snow.

Now comes the close of winter berryfall: the red honeysuckle berries have long ago fallen or been taken by birds. The orange fruit of the evergreen euonymous vines and the bittersweet vines has completed its planting. Overwintering robins eat and seed the crab apples.

An evening with Leslie Uggams is tonight at 8:00pm at The Victoria. It is a launch of Wright State's Musical Theatre Initiative and Ms. Uggams will sing classic and contemporary standards.

The Cincinnati Reds Caravan is arriving to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. You will meet members of the Cincinnati Reds including All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, manager Bryan Price, broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro, and mascot Mr. Red.

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