With nod to the past, young leaders emerge


The Pioneer Center’s Ric McConnell

CHILLICOTHE — In 1970, Kent State University hosted the first official Black History Month celebration after a group of black students pushed for the expansion of what was then known as Negro History Week.

Six years later, the U.S. government followed suit when President Gerald Ford officially recognized the month long observance.

The college students’ successful campaign can serve as a reminder that here in Ohio, even some of the youngest black leaders can influence conventional wisdom.

In that spirit, the Gazette identified three emerging leaders in the local black community, all younger than 25. In separate interviews, they discussed how their life experiences forged them into leaders and how they plan to serve as positive examples for future generations.

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