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With snow crunching underfoot, two snare drums kept the beat as people sang "We Shall Overcome" and  marched nearly three-quarters of a mile to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King, Junior. This was part of West Chester's 19th annual celebration of the slain civil rights leader.

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Historians cite December 1, 1955 as the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. That was the day Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. But for many, the fight for civil rights was sparked by individual, personal incidents of intolerance, injustice or abuse.

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In 1979, James Baldwin planned his next book, "Remember This House," a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  But at the time of his death in 1987, he had completed only thirty pages of his manuscript.

Dr. John Bryant And Leslie Kreines

Jan 10, 2018

Dr. John Bryant is an esteemed community leader and is considered a pioneer in urban education. 

Nancy Yerian And Jesse Kramer-Parr

Jan 3, 2018

Friends Nancy Yerian and Jesse Kramer-Parr have much in common: they are professional colleagues, have a passion for history, and they both have faced backlash for being gay. 

A woman climbing the ranks at any major corporation in the early 1970's was no small feat. 

Jay Kalagayan And Dwuan Watson

Dec 13, 2017

It takes a special vision to look at the space inside a large bookstore and think "this place needs live theater." 

On this week's StoryCorps in Cincinnati: 

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Many scientists today agree that race is a social construct with no biological meaning. Yet we are asked, on everything from school applications to employment forms, to declare our race.

The recently-released documentary "Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories" explores how the practice of categorizing race began in America and what affect it continues to have, on both individuals and society.

Jennifer Candor And Abigail Vanhorssen

Nov 29, 2017

In this conversation, hear how teacher Jennifer Candor's class project awakened her students to one of history's greatest evils, and how one student, Abigail Vanhorssen, reached out to younger students to raise their awareness of injustice.

Carolyn Wallace And Florence Parker

Nov 22, 2017

Carolyn Wallace, in this conversation with longtime friend Florence Parker, talks about her groundbreaking time as manager of Cincinnati's iconic Swifton Commons mall. 

Jeanne Weiland And Her Father, Richard

Nov 17, 2017

Local philanthropist Richard Weiland  has, through his life, rubbed elbows with many celebrities and power brokers. 

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has just opened a new exhibition of privately owned African American art. 

Byron Watts and Kimberly Eberwine were excited and nervous about going to Guatemala to pick up their newly adopted son, Nate. 

Carl Fox And Terry Bond

Nov 1, 2017

Carl Fox and Terry Bond are well-known saloon keepers in Northern Kentucky who waited for years for the chance to legally marry, and have now done so three times. 

Betsy And Kazuya Sato

Oct 25, 2017

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This week Cincinnati has been host to a joint conference for the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The conference, "Memory Building: Engaging Society in Self-Reflective Museums," is a meeting of ICOM’s International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes (ICMEMO) and the International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques (ICAMT).

Neil Bortz And Mu Sinclaire

Oct 17, 2017

Longtime friends and community leaders Neil Bortz and Mu Sinclaire share the story of a mutual friend who left a tremendous impact on the world, 

Charles Deters And His Son, Jeremy

Oct 4, 2017

One of the many ties that bind Charles Deters and his son, Jeremy, together is that both attended Covington Latin School, some 40 years apart. 

Jalisa Harris And Alexander Shelton

Sep 27, 2017

Just after ending their relationship, Jalisa Harris and Alexander Shelton discovered she was pregnant with their son, Benjamin, who they are now co-parenting. 

Generations of memories are shared when Kelly Sittason talks with her 91-year-old great-aunt Eunice "Booka" Doud and 92-year-old great-uncle Bob Doud about nicknames, Bob's talented mother, and a very special pencil case. 

Chip Gerhardt And His Daughter, Anne

Sep 13, 2017

Chip Gerhardt is a local business and community leader who welcomed his daughter, Anne, to the world 19 years ago. 

Concepcion Fernandez And Her Son, Tom

Sep 6, 2017

As a young child in Manila, Concepcion Fernandez led a very good life that allowed her to focus on her education. 

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The Chicago Defender is the oldest and most respected African-American newspaper in Chicago. Founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, the paper was once called “the most dangerous of all Negro journals.”

Will Jones And His Daughter, Brianna

Aug 30, 2017

Ever wonder what your 7-year-old might ask you inside the StoryCorps recording booth? 

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In 1961, during the Civil Rights Movement, the Congress of Racial Equality recruited volunteers for a series of bus rides. David Fankhauser, a 19-year-old student, boarded the bus to Jackson, Mississippi. There he and the other volunteers faced violence and imprisonment for protesting racial segregation at interstate bus terminals. Fankhauser was a Freedom Rider.

Growing up in rural Kentucky meant a crowded house, no running water, but a loving family for Vell Snyder

Bob Hedlesten And His Daughter, Tracey

Aug 16, 2017

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Do you hold unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that influence your actions? That's what the Harvard Implicit Association Test is meant to expose. 

Briana Susarret And Her Father, Manuel

Aug 9, 2017

At age 31, Briana Susarret was preparing for her server shift at a local restaurant when she suffered a stroke. 

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