Wilberforce University

Planned Protest Held at Wilberforce University

Feb 21, 2013
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Several members of the Wilberforce University faculty along with nearly 100 students held a rally Tuesday morning to protest several ongoing issues with the school’s administration.  The faculty is asking Wilberforce President Patricia Hardaway to step down and for the Board of Trustees to disband.

Students gathered were chanting, "Hardaway must go, Hardway must go, no Board of Trustees, no Board of Trustees," at the rally, which was held at the school's Alumni Multiplex.

African Children's Choir will offer a concert tonight at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Springfield at 7:00pm.  Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dance.

Wilberforce University school officials met with students today to address their concerns about the school's alleged mismanagement.

More than three hundred of Wilberforce University's 510 students held a protest on Wednesday and threatened to withdraw from the university and transfer to Central State.

Students say the school is spending down its endowment while also letting the living conditions in the dorms decay.

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Actor Kal Penn, best known for starring in the Harold and Kumar movies, visited with students and local Obama for America-Ohio supporters Thursday afternoon at Wilberforce University.

Penn, who actually is considered the president's ambassador to young voters, discussed with the nearly 80 students and Obama supporters gathered in the student union, the choice they have to make in November's election between what he called, "two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy while investing in more affordable, higher education."

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce has been closed since August of 2011 because of a mold problem. The Ohio Historical Society has been working on fixing the issue so the museum can open its doors again.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Frank Porter & Frank Dixon

Jun 1, 2011
Frank Porter and Frank Dixon

“When I play on the street corner, I’m trying my best to tug at someone’s heartstrings, to bring them back to a love that they remember or a love that they had. It’s to inspire and give away my love, ‘cause I love Dayton. We shootin’ kinda bad right now, but we will come back.”