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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


What does the Freedom Center do, anyway?

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of here.

In some ways, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum about activism.  After all, the Underground Railroad itself was a network of activists working to free those who had been unjustly enslaved by a crooked American economic system.  And while the Center itself frequently gets criticized for its own economic situation, what can be said for its work as an institution of activism?  How has the Center networked with its natural allies?  Has it worked towards the kind of justice that underscores the very notion of “freedom” encapsulated by the museum’s very name?  We checked with the president of the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP, since that group seems like a natural ally for a freedom center commemorating the Underground Railroad.

“The Freedom Center must do a better job to reach out to their most obvious partners,” said branch president Christopher Smitherman.  “This has not been done well.”

Indeed, even a cursory glance at the Center’s web page entitled “Take Action” showcases a general feeling of disconnect from Cincinnati’s community.  Other than a very small number of community forums hosted each year, the Freedom Center’s best suggestions about “taking action” include volunteering at the Freedom Center, or starting a blog.

For those who really click deep into the page, you might find this link, where you can apparently fill out a form to volunteer for a list of Cincinnati agencies—including the NAACP—but one must wonder if such email services are particularly effective.  For example, when you click to sign up as a volunteer, you get a form with this header:  “We ask for contact information so that we can provide it to the agency that you are interested in helping.  Likewise, we will give you the agency contact information and suggest that you contact them yourself as soon as possible. We’ll send confirmation emails to you and the agency.”

In other words, they suggest we call the agency for which we would like to volunteer—and this is the Freedom Center’s contribution to activism in its own backyard.

“I have been concerned about the depth of the content of the center,” said Cincinnati NAACP president Christopher Smitherman.  “It must be expanded. If the center is going to survive it must include its natural partners and more comprehensive content that is relevant to its constituents.”

Some may find it ironic that the leader of the local organization dedicated to African American civil rights feels disconnected from a multi-million dollar museum dedicated to African American civil rights. 

“I have been very concerned about the Freedom Center’s financials and their approach on gaining new financial resources,” added Smitherman, perhaps referring to the recent attention given to stories like this CityBeat blog item.

“Partnerships and collaboration are the keys to a successful strategy for the center,” concluded Smitherman.  “This includes grassroots institutions and grassroots people.”


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  1. JFD says:

    Sounds like Smitherman wants to expand his racially divisive sphere of influence, now through the use of tax dollars.  I guess this is one more good reason to cut their public funding.  In fact I think this is the best reason yet.

  2. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    As a white male, I find nothing “racially divisive” about Smitherman; however, your comments are frequently divisive.  That’s not the issue, though.  Has the Center done what it should?

  3. Inside says:

    Deano-What about the Holocaust info that is displayed inside the Center?- Especially the info about the local soldiers who freed the prison camps? There is more in there than just the story of freed slaves. There was at one time a story of the Tieniman (sp) Square Saga.

    It was to be about all freedom stories. I think people just stayed too focused on the larger displays and we should be greatful to have at least saved the slave pen from distruction. While not acceptable at this time in history, it was a part of our history that we have to accept and learn from. It was a different time and place. This gives us the opportunty to teach our children.

    Can you imagine the look on my face when I asked my son what a lynching was and he didn’t know and then what a noose was and he didn’t know. I refuse to let that sad time in our history die. It must be remembered so we will NEVER go BACK to it. The Jena Six must be the end of it.

  4. anon says:

    Right now we have the first viable candidate for presidency whose campaign is imploding due to his pastor’s self-serving ideologies - and what does the Dean want to talk about—- what the Freedom Center is doing WRONG.

    The Beacon’s absense from the great debates of this political season marks its decline of quality, information, influence.

    Keep towing the COAST talking points, Dean. 

    Real classy

  5. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Inside,

    You are talking about ideas, and I was, too—this museum is a museum about ideas, like activism.  But why hasn’t the place been more ACTIVE in its own community?

    anon,

    What does Obama have to do with the Freedom Center?  If you haven’t noticed, I do have this habit of focusing more locally than anything.  The Freedom Center is a local issue.  I’m not sure I can have much of an influence one way or another on Obama’s campaign.  Besides, Hamilton County already voted—and in this region Obama won, if memory serves.

  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:
  7. White Male says:

    from the Dean of Cincinnati…......As a white male, I find nothing “racially divisive” about Smitherman; however, your comments are frequently divisive.  That’s not the issue, though.  Has the Center done what it should?
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Dean, when Smitherman ran for city council for his first term he campaigned on the promise to unite and work together.  Immediately after being sworn in he went after Chief Stricher.  It became apparent that his intentions were to alienate himself from the white community.  When I think of the African American politicians who served on city council during the 1950s, 1960s such as Myron Bush, Marian Spencer, and others I look upon Smitherman as nothing more than a punk.  Did not Smitherman refer to Chief Stricher as “boy” in a council meeting.  Did he not he address the Chief as “Chief Stricher”?

    As for what should be done with the Freedom Center, it should be moved to Union Terminal to and allow its building to contibute in a positive way towards the banks.

  8. NtotheC says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Freedom Center is poorly run.  How often do you hear about programs taking place down there?  it is a perfect place to hold exhibits about the Halocaust, the Abolition movement, the Civil Rights movement, the genocide in Rawanda, the conficts in Sudan…heck, they could hold events about gay rights and other various issues.

    There is no shortage of material for the center, merely a lack of will and imagination.

    Because the center seems solely focused on gaining funds, it seems like it would seek outside affiliations like crazy.  Any non-profit organization knows that fund raising is key and in many cases, executive directors are shown the door for ineffective leadership.

    Did the Freedom Center even hold events to memorialize the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassination?

  9. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    The underground railroad (UR) is probably the greatest story of U.S. history. Our founders famously fought against the British Empire to secure their own freedom. But the UR movement selflessly struggled for the liberation of others.

    There was no fame or fortune in it. If caught, conductors were jailed and their lands, money and property were seized. They had lives and families and problems of their own, but managed to find time and money to do more. And they couldn’t breath a word of it to anyone, much less brag about it. The people they helped were forbidden to own property and had no wealth; by government edict they were the lowest members of society. But UR activists helped them anyway, because in their heart of hearts they knew it was the right thing to do. They perpetrated a massive civil disobedience campaign knowing any possible reward could only come in the next life.

    The UR story is one of ordinary folks, black and white, working together to defeat an unjust tyranny. I thought the NURF Center was erected to memorialize that mission. I hoped it could remind us that activism against government is the birthright of every American; but the NURFC has instead become dependent upon and therfore beholden to government. I hoped it could remind us that cooperation between black & white finally ended our nation’s original sin of slavery; but instead the NURFC has chosen to focus on the sin instead of the salvation. I prayed these reminders could propel our generation to complete the struggle for freedom by acheiving equality; but the NURFC is more interested in seeking funds than serving the communities who created it.

    The NURF Center is failing financially because it is failing philosophically. Mr Smitherman pegged it when he said, “...it must include its natural partners and more comprehensive content that is relevant to its constituents.” Quit trying to celebrate the struggle of blacks against whites. Instead, celebrate blacks and whites struggling together against oppression. You will find many people willing to open their wallets for a powerful expression of that story.

  10. CRR says:

    I think that if anyone would ever VISIT the Freedom Center than maybe you would KNOW what exactly they are doing! Take, for example, their current projects called the Partnership for Human Freedom and the Contemporary Slavery Institute, both of which are dedicated to amplifying the efforts of freedom fighters today, helping to educate about contemporary slavery issues, and inspiring people to take efforts to join the modern anti-slavery movement.

    Or what about the entire exhibit devoted to allowing visitors to reflect on what they have learned at the Center, respond to what they have learned, and resolve to take action? With kiosks available to email information, download information from the internet, and print out information to take home, I’d say this is definitely a way that the Freedom Center is taking action.

    The community forums that the Center has take place monthly. I would challenge any organization of an equal size to plan, implement, and successfully carry out this number of dialogues per year. With the number of community organizations that approach the Freedom Center with proposals for community forums, doing one a month is acceptable.

    Another way the Freedom Center takes action? By educating thousands of school kids that go through those doors every week. This is the true testament to an organization’s worth, how well they deal with educating our future generations. With a 90% approval rating from teachers, their school programs are some of the most successful in the city, and the Freedom Center has been recognized by Columbus City Schools and the Chicago public schools for their extraordinary job.

    The remarks made by Mr. Smitherman were, as usual, irresponsible and immature. No one should open their mouths without first stepping inside of that building and taking a chance. Open your hearts, gentlemen, and allow the stories within that building to challenge you to become better people. This is grassroots activism at its core: change the people, one person at a time.

  11. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    White Male, Smitherman has united people and gotten them to work together. Didn’t you notice the broad coalition that put the jail tax on the ballot? That was led by Smitherman and the NAACP. Dealing with the racial tension in our community doesn’t mean pretending there aren’t problems that need to be addressed, it means dealing with the root causes and inequalities, Smitherman has been doing that.

    Did not Smitherman refer to Chief Stricher as “boy” in a council meeting.  Did he not he address the Chief as “Chief Stricher”?

     

    I don’t believe that Smitherman referred to him as “boy” and why no public servants ever holds him accountable is beyond me.

  12. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Folks:
    I have sent under separate cover approximately a year’s worth of NURFC events.

    The Dean and Mr. Jeffre may better attune those many months, many activities, and plenty of partnerships for the questions here that others have had. Thee used to be a gathering for evenings of great cinema work coordinated by CINCINNATI WORLD CINEMA (http://www.cincyworldcinema.org) untile they moved to The CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM.

    But there still is plenty to see and, yeah, changes never go fast enough in any museum. 

    My circuit through NURFC halls and exhibits is usually every 14 days and only on a couple of occasions have I been disappointed. Many company functions and events are held there. The human experience of a slow walk through outweighs some hidden prejudices.

    In any city, and for ANY museum, unless it has been around for over 20 years and has a base of endowments, well-heeled seed people, loyal volunteers, staid conscious contact with both the knowledgeable and wider community…disinterest can set in. A background with the Memphis Parks’ system Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island for over 9 years (http://www.mudisland.com/museum.asp)provided me the experience to make that last statement. In 26 years they have saved a novel approach and expanded their base along the Memphis Riverfront. Their website can provide some ideas for us here…..and their major league ball clubs….are farm teams.

    The FRONT DOOR REQUEST? I have a very hard time with that request. There are simple solutions in communication, direction, parking and simple signage that can erase that request and minimalize the monies needed for such a change. Perhaps more on that via a different topic.

  13. cannot87 says:

    “I don’t believe that Smitherman referred to him as “boy””

    You are wrong smitherman referred to streicher as “boy” on a buzz radio show in jan of 2004

  14. White Male says:

    From Justin Jeffre…..White Male, Smitherman has united people and gotten them to work together. Didn’t you notice the broad coalition that put the jail tax on the ballot? That was led by Smitherman and the NAACP. Dealing with the racial tension in our community doesn’t mean pretending there aren’t problems that need to be addressed, it means dealing with the root causes and inequalities, Smitherman has been doing that.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    In his first campaign for city council Mr. Smitherman impressed both black and white voters as being a young professional who seemed ready and well qualified for a council position.  In his first or second council meeting Smitherman made his famous “I AM YOUR BOSS” to Chief Stricher.  It was downhill after that.  Smitherman was a regular on talk shows on the BUZZ AM1230 - -  but refused offers from WLW radio.  That kind of sends a message, doesn’t it?
    ————————————————————————————————————————

    Did you read post #11 regarding the BOY remark?

    cannot87 says:
    30 Apr 2008 at 05:03 pm | # “I don’t believe that Smitherman referred to him as “boy””

    You are wrong smitherman referred to streicher as “boy” on a buzz radio show
    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    And, Justin…...you stated…...........    I don’t believe that Smitherman referred to him as “boy” and why no public servants ever holds him accountable is beyond me.

    Who has not held Chief Stricher accountable?

    Why don’t you list areas where the Chief should be accountable.
    I think Chief Stricher has done an excellent job, don’t you? 

    And BTW, when he retires, how should he be replaced?  Should the city abandon its tradition of promotion from within or should they conduct a nationwide search for a new chief?

  15. JennyEdwards says:

    I tried the PDF formatting and was unsuccessful…
    so here’s a go at a year of e-mails received from the NURFC
    and others
    about events at The Freedom Center.
    April 2007 to March 2008.

    Photos failed…
    but try this link for access to connecting to the NURFC regular reminders and upcoming events schedule…..
    http://www.freedomcenter.org
    or call 513.333.7500   and  
    http://ga1.org/freedomcenter/join.html?r=Fds_qwS11n_7E
    gets you to the sign up for the reminders and updates.

    Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:17:03 GMT
    Freedom Center News
    New Changing Exhibit

    Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity
    March 25 through April 30
    Freedom Center Changing Exhibit Gallery

    An exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that explores both the art and symbolism of kente cloth in the cultures of Africa and its expression in identity in African American communities.
    This exhibition is made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. This version of Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity was developed by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles , California , based on an earlier exhibition co-organized with the Newark Museum , Newark , New Jersey .

    Coming Up..

    Robert Satloff - Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m., Harriet Tubman Theater
    Author of a book about Arabs who helped Jewish people during the time of the Holocaust.  Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union College . 
    James Upton and Judson Jeffries – Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. Harriet Tubman Theater
    Authors of The 2001 Cincinnati Uprising and professors of African American and African Studies History at The Ohio State University.

    Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi – Saturday, April 12, 12 p.m. 3rd Floor Gallery
    Dr. Mazloomi will speak about the beauty of kente cloth and its importance to many cultures, especially within the traditions of African American women.
    Did You Miss Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Freedom Center ?

    If you missed popular host, narrator and co-producer of the PBS series “African American Lives,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discuss “Forgotten Americans: The African American National Biography” at the Freedom Center on February 27

    The Freedom Center Helps Guests Trace Their Family Roots
    The Freedom Center ’s John Parker Library, located on the 4th Floor of the Center, offers free family history search resources and volunteers to guide you through the process. Search the U.S. census from 1790 to 1930. Explore the Social Security Death Index. Search Ellis Island , military, state and county records, and surname databases. The library is open by appointment to visitors of the Freedom Center and the general public. 513-333-7654. To learn more about the Family Search Center click here.
    Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:39:06 GMT
    Freedom Center News
    March 2008
     
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center packed the house Wednesday night, February 27 when popular host, narrator and co-producer of the PBS series “African American Lives”, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussed “Forgotten Americans: The African American National Biography” to an audience of more than 600.
    The African American National Biography is an eight-volume set that presents the history of the lives of 4,100 African Americans, famous and not-so-famous. 

    Dr. Gates’ energetic, charismatic personality inspired the crowd throughout the evening. At one point, the prestigious author, professor and website creator (http://www.theroot.com) remarked, “One of the great things about the Freedom Center is that you assist people in their family search.” The Freedom Center’ s Family Search Center is one of a few places in the country that provides the type of research support to help people trace their family’s roots.

    The Freedom Center Helps Guests Trace Their Family Roots

    The Freedom Center ?s John Parker Library, located on the 4th Floor of the Center, offers free family history search resources and volunteers to guide you through the process. Search the U.S. census from 1790 to 1930. Explore the Social Security Death Index. Search Ellis Island , military, state and county records, and surname databases. The library is open by appointment to visitors of the Freedom Center and the general public. 513-333-7654..
     
    Coming Up…New Changing Exhibit

    Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African-American Identity
    March 25 through April 30 - Freedom Center Changing Exhibit Gallery
    An exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that explores both the art and symbolism of kente cloth in the cultures of Africa and its expression in identity in African American communities.
    This exhibition is made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. This version of Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity was developed by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles , California , based on an earlier exhibition co-organized with the Newark Museum , Newark , New Jersey .

    Community Forum
    March 4
    The Freedom Center will host another one of its community forums on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
    PFLAG and Caracole, Inc. will sponsor a community forum to discuss organized religions and discrimination against lesbians and gays.

    Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:25:32 GMT
    Please post and distribute
    Special Event @ the Freedom Center
     
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Host, Narrator and Co-Producer of the PBS Series, African American Lives
    To Speak at the Freedom Center
    Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    in the Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater
    Topic: “The African American National Biography”
    Gates is known for his prestigious writing career and has most recently received much popularity for recounting the personal stories and tracing the roots of eight accomplished African-Americans, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Quincy Jones, Chris Tucker and Oprah Winfrey on the PBS Special, “African American Lives.” Gates is the co-editor and the co-creator of the popular http://www.TheRoot.com.
    Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Previously for PBS, Professor Gates produced and hosted Wonders of the African World (1999), America Beyond the Color Line (2004), African American Lives (2006) and Oprah’s Roots (2007).
    Please RSVP.
    Free. Open to the public.
    RSVP requested. 513-333-7554
    For more information, call 513-333-7500 or visit freedomcenter.org
    Fri, 01 Feb 2008 22:14:12 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    Join the Freedom Center as We Celebrate Black History Month
    Black History Month Programming
    Month Leads off With Nationally-Recognized Speaker from Ohio State University
    Professor john a. powell*
    *Professor powell prefers the lower-case treatment of his name
    On Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m., the Freedom Center will present dynamic speaker, john powell - Director, Kirwan Institute of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University . Professor powell holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and is the Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Professor powell is a nationally-recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and issues relating to race, poverty and the law. Prior to joining the Ohio State University faculty in 2002, Professor powell was the Earl R. Larson Chair of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Minnesota and was Executive Director of the Institute on Race and Poverty.  He has taught at Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School , University of Miami School of Law, American University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor powell currently teaches Civil Rights, Poverty Law, and Jurisprudence at Ohio State .
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/john-powell.html
    http://www.osu.edu/diversity/powell_02.html
    Other February Programming
    A sample of some of the Freedom Center ’s Black History Month programming follows:
    Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m. – at Wilks Conference Center , Miami University - Hamilton
    Damali Ayo - Author, How to Rent a Negro. Program topic: “Racial Legacies and Learning X1X: How to Talk about Race.” Call 513-785-7395 for more information. In partnership with Miami University , the City of Hamilton, Ohio and Hamilton News Journal.
    Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.  – at the Freedom Center
    Saidiya Hartman - Specialist in African American literature and history and professor at Columbia University and author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/meet-the-author-saidiya.html
    Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m.  – at the Freedom Center
    Gina Ruffin Moore - local author who has collected a pictorial history of Blacks in Cincinnati . Cincinnati : Black America Series
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/gina-ruffin-moore.html
    Monday, February 25, 7 p.m.  – at Cintas Center , Xavier University
    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Given Kachepa - Dr. Dyson is an author and a professor at Georgetown University and was named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential Black Americans. Mr. Kachepa is a survivor of contemporary slavery and an activist. RSVP: 333-7710.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/slavery-in-america-past-and.html
    Special thanks to title sponsor Target and these supporting sponsors:  Cintas, Schiff-Kreidler-Shell, Chubb, Toyota , Macy’s, Delta Airlines, Xavier University and Westin Hotel for their support of the Freedom Center ’s Black History Month events.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/black-history-month/the-freedom-center-celebrates.html
    Film - “Prince Among Slaves” - Airs on PBS Monday, February 4
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a place for enlightening stories of courageous heroes of the past that can inspire heroes of today. One of those heroes was Abdul Rahman Ibrahima. As his story is captured at the Freedom Center, it was only fitting that the Freedom Center was chosen as the site for the world premiere of a film documenting Ibrahima’ s life, in June of ‘07. The compelling film “Prince Among Slaves” will air nationally on PBS Monday, February 4 at 10 p.m. http://www.upf.tv/upf06/Films/PrinceAmongSlaves/tabid/77/Default.aspx
    The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
    Partners with the Freedom Center During the Month of February
    The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are partnering together for a special promotion during Black History Month.
     
    The first 1000 visitors to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum in February who purchase a “2008 Pass” will receive a free commemorative Frank Robinson bobblehead and a coupon offering a discount of $2 toward a general adult admission to the Freedom Center . The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum pass costs $10 or $8 for seniors and students and is non-transferable. It allows for free admission to the Hall through 2008. The special Freedom Center admission offer is through December 31, 2008. 
     
    One of the greatest players ever to play the game, Robinson played for the Reds from 1956 to 1965 and in 1974 became the first African American manager in the Major Leagues. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1978 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
     
    Originally presented by Great American Insurance Group, the Frank Robinson bobbleheads were distributed to fans during the Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers game on July 24, 2007.
    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/museum/index.jsp
    Community Partner Events
    Public Library Library African American Lecture Series - February 2
    This February, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will bring together the African American past with a three-part lecture series taking place on Saturdays at the Main Library at 800 Vine Street . Internationally-known speaker Tony Burroughs will kick off Public Library’s three-part lecture series with his lectures: Adding DNA to Genealogy at 10 a.m. and Identifying the Slave Owner at 2 p.m. Visit http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org
    Wyoming High School will feature a presentation by Dr. Kevin Bales Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the High School’s Auditorium. Dr. Bales is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary slavery and is a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. The Freedom Center partnered with the High School in this event.
    Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:31:20 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Monday, January 21
    Freedom Center Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Admission to the Center is free on Monday, January 21
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    The legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important part of the Freedom Center ’s core mission and the Center has been involved with the MLK Coalition in planning city-wide events that day.
    Special notes for activities at the Freedom Center for the celebration of Dr. King include:
    Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 21
    Dreamkeeper’s Breakfast - 8 a.m.
    This annual breakfast which is in its 18th year, honors Dr. King and local leaders who have advanced freedom. The featured speaker is Rev. James Pankey, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Cincinnati. Ticket information: 513-381-0645.  Sponsored by The Freedom Center and the Arts Consortium.
    March - 10:45 a.m.
    The March which is in its 33rd year, begins at the Freedom Center and continues to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service.
    Following the event at Fountain Square , there will be a presentation at Music Hall. The Freedom Center ’s Voices of Freedom Choir will perform at that event.
    Freedom Center - open for visitors, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, January 21. Admission is complimentary this day.
       
    John Parker – A Photo Exhibit - January 21 - February 29
    The display about the life of John Parker through art on loan from the John Parker House in Ripley , Ohio . Located in the Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery. 
    For more details about events at the Freedom Center and in downtown on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…
    Thu, 06 Dec 2007 20:22:12 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    December Soundbites

    Holiday Jubilee at the Freedom Center presented by Pampers
    We wanted to give you an inside peek at some of the photos taken this past weekend at the Holiday Jubilee event at the Freedom Center . Hundreds of guests visited the Center this past Saturday and Sunday to listen to adult and children choirs who performed as part of this year’s Holiday Jubilee at the Freedom Center presented by Pampers.
    This is the second year that the event, which is in its seventh year in the city, was held at the Freedom Center . Last year, the choirs performed for one day, while this year, there are a total of five Holiday Jubilee performances.
    There are three performances remaining:
    Saturday, December 8 and 15, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Sunday, December 16, and from 12 to 4 p.m.
    University of Cincinnati Journalism Students
    Present Multi-media Seminar on the Black Press
    - in partnership with Freedom Center -
    Students from the University of Cincinnati’ s Journalism Program will present a seminar that is open to the public and geared particularly for high school students focusing on the topic: “Reporting on the Black Press.”
    The two-hour interactive, multi-media presentation will be held at 800 Swift Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. on the UC Campus. The students will report on their research into the media at The Cincinnati Herald; The Chicago Defender; The Pittsburgh Courier and The National Association of Black Journalists.  For more information, contact the UC School of Journalism at 513-556-6415 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Amazing Grace Film DVD Includes Freedom Center Mention
    The new Amazing Grace film DVD features a behind-the-scenes segment on the Freedom Center.
    The Last Family Freedom Saturday presented by The Enquirer
    Saturday, December 17
    Hundreds of families have enjoyed the special programming and discounts at the Freedom Center’ s Family Freedom Saturdays presented by The Enquirer since May.  If you haven’t yet had the chance to bring your children and participate in the special activities held at the Freedom Center on the third Saturday of the month, you will have one more opportunity on Saturday, December 17. 

    Last Few Weeks of Great Exhibit
    Continues through December 31
    The slave ship exhibit in the Changing Exhibit Gallery on the Third Floor of the Freedom Center hosts a fascinating exhibit through the end of December. A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie has intrigued many visitors since its opening in mid-September. A sampling of their comments follow:
    - A great historical exhibit about slave trading.
    - Thank you for sharing these stories.
    - The exhibit was incredibly powerful.
    - Wow. The exhibit was very touching and beautiful.
    - The wax figures in the slave hold held our families’ attention for a long time.


    Freedom Radio Gains Loyal Following
    Just a few months into its short life, the Freedom Center’ s Tuesday afternoon Freedom Radio program (Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on freedomcenter.org) has gained a loyal following. Some of the upcoming topics in future weeks include discussions by guests on Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., International Human Trafficking, National Mentor Month and Black History Month.
    Fri, 02 Nov 2007 18:36:50 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    November Soundbites

    David W. Blight - Speaks and Hosts Book-Signing
    Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, click here.
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    Veterans Day Activities
    - All Active Duty and Retired Servicemen and Women Receive Free Admission
    -This Weekend…and All Year-long -
    - West Point Gospel Choir to perform for second year at Freedom Center -
      In honor of Veterans Day, the West Point Choir will perform in the Grand Hall on Saturday, November 10, at 12:00 p.m.
    Immediately preceding the concert, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard will help unveil an 1862 hand-sewn Black Brigade of Cincinnati flag that is on loan to the Freedom Center by the Ohio Historical Society.
    On the day before the Saturday festivities a hand-made 13-star Revolutionary War flag will be installed for display in the Freedom Center ‘s lobby.   
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    Gift Store
    Unique Gifts, Holiday Presents, Fair-Trade Products, and
    Books, Books, Books

    The Freedom Center ‘s Gift Shop, just off of the lobby on the ground floor, offers some of the city’s most unique gift items. Gift Store guests may also find many of the items at the store’s website as well.
    Mention this month?s email newsletter when making a purchase and receive an additional 10% off David Blight’s current book, A Slave No More.
    Also mention this newsletter in the store and receive an additional 10% off logoed apparel.
    Offers good through Saturday, November 24 of Thanksgiving Weekend. 
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    North Star Café
    Free Wireless for Customers - Plus Great River View

    The Freedom Center ‘s North Star Café offers delicious lunch and snack options for Center guests and local visitors every day that the Center is open. The Café is accessible from its own outdoor patio entrance and from the east side of the Center’s second floor as well.
    Did you know that the Café has free wireless access for customers? The Café‘s Manager, Cindy Elam, mentioned that you can oftentimes find downtown office workers and many of the young professionals who are now living in downtown condos dining in the café and checking their emails on their blackberries and laptops. Mention this month’s email newsletter when making a purchase in the Café through Saturday, November 24 and receive an additional 10% off of your purchase. 
    A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie
    Changing Exhibit Gallery - Third Floor
    September 15 through December 31
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    The Next Family Freedom Saturday presented by The Enquirer
    November 17
    Click here for more information.
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    Holiday Jubilee at the Freedom Center presented by Pampers
    Forth-three groups perform holiday music over five weekend days
    ** Weekends in December **
    “Ringing of the Peace Bells Throughout the City” - Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m.
    Saturdays and Sundays, December 1, 2, 8, 15 and 16.
    Saturday performances are scheduled from 11 a.m. ? 3:30 p.m.
    Sunday performances are 12 ? 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by Pampers, American Financial Corporation and WCPO-TV.
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    Walt Disney World Membership Trip Giveaway
    The Freedom Center is excited to offer a chance to win a trip for four to Walt Disney World®.
    Anyone who purchases a new membership or renews their membership from August 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 will be entered to win the trip contest.
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    Freedom Play - Freedom Speaks
    A new play, this production is a collage of historical stories from the voices of the enslaved. Wednesday through Friday, November 7-9, 7:30 p.m.
     
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    Freedom Station RADIO!
    Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. on freedomcenter.org
     
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    Freedom Center’s Blogs
    Voice your opinions and join in the discussion on topics such as faith, youth, Abraham Lincoln and Jena 6.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/
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    Freedom Center to Close on December Bengals Home Game Sundays
    The Freedom Center is closed regularly on Mondays and will also be closed on the following December Sundays because of Bengals games: November 18, November 25, December 9, December 23.
    Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:25:53 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    October News

    Fall Speaker Series
    October 10 ? 6 p.m.
    Film screening of Screamers, a premier about the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. Film introduction and remarks by Nick Clooney.
    October 17 - 7 p.m. 
    Dr. Ebrahim Patel ? founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. Event co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, Hebrew Union College , Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati and Bruggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University .
    November 6 - 6:30 p.m.
    David W. Blight - author
    All Fall Speaker Series events at the Freedom Center are sponsored by CityBeat.


    A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie
    Current exhibit continues to inspire Freedom Center visitors
    Showing through December 30, 2007

    Family Freedom Saturday presented by the Enquirer
    Saturday, October 20
    11 a.m. ? 5 p.m.
    Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts for children, live theater, films and the Freedom Center ?experience.? Up to two (2) children are admitted free with one paid adult admission.

    Celebrate Kids Museum Month this October
    Visit Cincinnati ?s museums during October and take a chance to win
    a vacation for four to DisneyWorld
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/about/newsroom/2007/celebrate-kids-museum-month.html

    Bridges Walk for a Just Community
    Saturday, October 13
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/bridges-walk-for-a-just.html

    Voices of Freedom Choir Performance
    Saturday, October 13 at the Aronoff

    Year-round Faith to Freedom Activities
    Next event in full schedule of events throughout the year:
    The Children of Abraham exhibit ? October 13 ? November 1; A display of banners links the three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism), their commonalities and shared history. Third Floor
    For details about the full year of activities celebrating Faith to Freedom:
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/learn/online-community/faith-to-freedom/faith-to-freedom-events.html
    For information about the Children of Abraham exhibit:
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/children-of-abraham-exhibit.html

    Freedom Station RADIO!
    Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on freedomcenter.org
    http://freedomcenter.org/freedomstationradio/

    Freedom Center?s Blogs
    Home Page Features Four Different Blog Opportunities
    Voice your opinions and join in the discussion on topics such as faith, youth, Abraham Lincoln and Jena 6.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/

    Freedom Center Hosts Youth Conference
    Voices of the Future: A Conference for Youth and Freedom
    Promotes volunteerism, leadership and learning ways to bridge cultures
    Saturday, November 3,  8:30 a.m. ? 3:30 p.m.
    at University of Cincinnati

    Violinist Gareth Johnson
    Performs at the Freedom Center
    Thursday, October 25, 7 ? 9 p.m.
    Fri, 10 Aug 2007 15:57:03 GMT
    Freedom Center YouTube Spot, Short Survey and August News
    The Freedom Center Wants Your Opinions
    - and you can win a prize to the Westin Hotel as well!
    Have you intended to visit the Center, and haven’t yet?
    What part of the Freedom Center experience do you like the most?
    Do you just not visit museums? We are eager to hear from you.
    We also mentioned the following survey about The Struggle Continues and Reflect, Respond, Resolve to our newsletter readers a couple of weeks ago. 
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    Freedom Center Spot Hits YouTube
    Warm and personal comments from some of our guests were recorded during our June Family Freedom Saturday event and have been posted on YouTube. The remarks mirror some of the from-the-heart responses we hear at the Freedom Center year-round and we wanted to share them with you.  Be sure to forward the link to your own email contact list.
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    Next Family Freedom Saturday presented by the Enquirer
    August 18, 2007
    11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    The Freedom Center will present its fourth Family Freedom Saturday next weekend. Families enjoy hands-on activities and crafts for children, live theater, films and the Freedom Center ‘experience.’ Up to two (2) children are admitted free with one paid adult admission on these special days.
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    Last Weekend!
    Global Shoes and Business as Unusual: Heroes of the Holocaust
    The Freedom Center ’s summer season exhibits will close after Sunday, August 12. Third Floor.
    Look for the opening of “A Slave Ship Speak: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie” opening September 15.
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    FreedomFest Brings in Record-Breaking Attendance
    Visitors from the city and from locations all across the country enjoyed a festival experience on the plaza and lawn outside the Freedom Center on Saturday, July 28.  Additionally, a record-breaking 6,300 guests toured the Freedom Center that day. The Freedom Center ’s thanks goes out to many hard-working volunteers and community support that combined to make that day a phenomenal success.
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    Freedom Station RADIO!
    Dialogue and interviews with special guests, each Tuesday from 2 - 4 p.m. on the Freedom Center website.
    Host - Carl Westmoreland. Sponsored by the eBay Foundation.
    Topic This Week: August 14
    “The Black Family”
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    Voices of Freedom Choir
    The Freedom Center ’s own Voices of Freedom Choir has been asked to perform at several high-profile events in the upcoming months. Next performance: Sunday, September 9 - at the Second Sunday on Main .
    Cincinnati’s International People’s Project
    Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:33:03 -0400
    “Crossen, Kerry” <Kerry.Crossen@cincinnati-oh.gov> 
    “#Keep Cincinnati Beautiful” #KeepCincinnatiBeautiful@cincinnati-oh.gov
    CISV Cincinnati’s International People’s Project
    has partnered with
    Keep Cincinnati Beautiful,
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center,
    ArtWorks and Chatfield College
    to explore the theme
    “Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts”
    we are proud to invite you to our
    COMMUNITY OPEN DAY
    FRIDAY, JULY 20TH
    4:30 - 6 P.M.
    1800 LOGAN ST CINCINNATI, OH 45202
    FINDLAY MARKET AREA
    Please join us as our Delegates from
    Czech Republic,Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, UK ,USA
    share their project accomplishments.
    ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!!!!!
    Special thanks to the following individuals who have dedicated their time and talents to ensure the success of this Program:
    Brent Leon CISV Program Director
    Marci Harman CISV Program Staff
    Mark Porter-Webb CISV Program Staff
    Steve Brockman CISV IPP Planner
    Pat Brockman CISV IPP Planner
    Pam Ford CISV IPP Planner
    www. cincy.cisvusa.org
    http://www.cisv.org
    Jan Brown Checco Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Artist
    Michael Burnham KCB Facilitator
    Barb Wriston-Ruddy KCB Planner
    Robin Henderson KCB Planner
    Josman Rodriquez KCB Media/PR
    http://www.keepcincinnatibeautiful.org

    Georgia Bergan Chatfield College
    Bob Peiffer Chatfield College
    http://www.chatfield.edu
    Tamara Harkavy ArtWorks
    http://www.artworkscincinnati.org

    Greg Landsman National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Planner
    Terrie Puckett NURFC Planner
    Michael Griffin NURFC Dialogue Planner
    Jackie Wallace NURFC Camps Planner
    http://www.freedomcenter.org
    Thu, 21 Jun 2007 21:01:52 GMT
    Freedom Center June Soundbites
    Pictures Say a Thousand Words

    The Freedom Center ’s second Family Freedom Saturday (presented by The Enquirer) was featured on Saturday, July 16. Young visitors were able to follow a map to activity stations designed to help children experience the Freedom Center in their own special way. The guests’ positive response was unanimous and rewarding for the Center’s volunteers and staff members who have worked intently to create this new initiative since January.
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    Global Shoes Hits the Ground Running

    The Freedom Center ’s new family exhibit, Global Shoes, opened this past weekend to an enthused audience. Children and adults alike were fascinated by the many ‘global’ shoes in the exhibit and did indeed try on the shoes and interact with the user-friendly exhibits. 
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    Movie Premiere @ the Freedom Center
    A Prince Among Slaves
    Friday, June 22, 6 p.m.
    The Freedom Center is privileged to be the hosting venue for a special world premiere screening of the documentary film, A Prince Among Slaves, a story about a forgotten African Prince enslaved in America . Tickets may still be available by reservation. 
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    Gospel Freedom Sundays
    Every Sunday from 2-3 p.m.
    Through August 26
    Music choir performances every Sunday afternoon, 2 – 3 p.m.; June 3 through August 26. Grand Hall. This Sunday – Just Ordinary People and Light of the World Choir. 
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    FreedomFest Countdown Begins
     
    ...just a little more than a month until FreedomFest on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The event is a “thank you celebration” from the Freedom Center to the community and will feature free admission to the Center during regular visiting hours, live music and outdoor family activities, special food offerings from around the city, and other exciting adult and children events. 
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    Two Esteemed Authors Visit
    Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in America, a new biography about Henry Ward Beecher, will talk to guests at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House on Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m. 

    Scott Miller, author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust speaks at the Freedom Center in the Harriet Tubman Theater, Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
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    Internet Radio Program Launched

    Carl Westmoreland, Host of the new Freedom Station Radio Show
    The Freedom Center has launched an online Freedom Station Radio Show, presented by the eBay Foundation. The live call-in show features Underground Railroad researchers as well as contemporary freedom activists every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., EST.
    Fri, 15 Jun 2007 17:49:31 GMT
     
    GLOBAL SHOES
    A New Exhibit @ The Freedom Center
    June 16 – August 12
    A family exhibit exploring global cultures — through fun.  Bring in a pair of gently used shoes as a donation to Soles for Souls and receive $2 off general admission (Limit one coupon per person during the exhibit.)  ________________________________________
    Family Freedom Saturdays Presented by The Enquirer
    Tomorrow, June 16
    Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, music, theater, film and the complete Freedom Center experience - on a day especially designed for children and their families - every third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Two children admitted free with the purchase of one adult ticket
    Thu, 07 Jun 2007 20:12:41 GMT
    Freedom Center
    Exhibits and Programming News
    June 7, 2007
    Freedom Center To Be Featured on Channel 9 – WCPO-TV
    Friday night, June 8, 8 p.m.

    Freedom Center Honors Two Former Presidents with 2007 International Freedom Conductor Award
    Local ABC affiliate, WCPO-TV, Channel 9 will air an exciting Freedom Center-focused program tomorrow night, Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. featuring segments from last Saturday’s International Freedom Conductors Award Gala. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were honored for their work in raising donations worldwide for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi .
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    Global Shoes
    Children and adults alike will enjoy a special new family exhibit in the Third Floor Changing Gallery this summer – Global Shoes. This exhibit was developed by The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and offers a hands-on, feet-in fun experience in a fantasy shoe factory and shoe store while teaching important life values. During the duration of the exhibit, bring in at a pair of gently used shoes as a donation to Soles for Souls and receive $2 off general admission [limit one coupon per person]. June 16 - August 12. 
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    Family Freedom Saturdays - presented by The Enquirer
    The next special family programming day will be held on June 16. 
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    Free Father’s Day Admission to the Freedom Center for fathers
    June 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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    Freedom Center Brings in Pulitzer Prize-winner Debby Applegate
    to Speak at Harriet Tubman House
    Esteemed author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Debby Applegate will meet with guests and present a talk Sunday, June 24 at at 2 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman House on Gilbert Avenue in Cincinnati .  Miss Applelgate won the important recognition for her biography of Henry Ward Beecher, “The Most Famous Man in America “, The event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, call the Freedom Center ’s RSVP line, 877-869-8105 or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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    Freedom Center Presents Gospel Freedom Sundays
    Enjoy exciting choir performances every Sunday afternoon, 2 – 3 p.m. from June 3 through August 26.

    Fri, 18 May 2007 13:42:55 GMT
    Family Freedom Saturdays
    Presented by The Enquirer
    May 19
    11AM - 5PM
    Bring the family!
    Two children admitted free with the purchase of one adult ticket.
    Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, music, theater, film and
    the complete Freedom Center experience. Please also see the attached ad.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org    50 E. Freedom Way     513.333.7500
    Fri, 04 May 2007 19:16:16 GMT
    New Exhibit Opens in the Third Floor Gallery
    Business as Unusual: Heroes of the Holocaust
    Third Floor Gallery
    May 5 through July 29
    Through photos and artifacts, the exhibition tells the story of Oskar Schindler and his efforts to protect Jews during the Holocaust. It also follows the story of a courageous family from Cincinnati who survived this period of history. The Schindler part of the exhibit is organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, located at, and affiliated with the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/business-as-unusual-heroes.html
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/evening-events/events-calendar-2.html

    Important Holocaust Presentation
    Dr. Alexander White: A Schindler Holocaust Survivor Speaks
    Sunday, May 6, 4:30 p.m.
    Hall of Everyday Freedom Heroes
    Public Invited.
    Free admission.
    Holocaust survivor, Alexander B. White was on Oskar Schindler’s list of Jews to be rescued during the Holocaust. He will speak of his experience during this presentation. This program is in conjunction with the Business as Unusual: Heroes of the Holocaust Exhibit opening at the Freedom Center Saturday, May 5, which explores the stories of Schindler and the Leitz and Frieder families, business owners who collectively saved hundreds of Jews from destruction by the Nazis.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/dr-alexander-white-a.html   

    Free Admission on Mother’s Day for Mothers
    Sunday, May 13
    The Freedom Center will offer all mothers complimentary admission on Mother’s Day.

    Kinseys Offer Public Tour of Changing Gallery Exhibit
    Sunday, May 13, 3:30 p.m.
    Changing Gallery on the Third Floor
    The public is invited to a private tour of the current Kinsey collection exhibit, In the Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey. The Freedom Center is the first stop on a two-year national tour of the exhibit organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/exhibits/kinsey/kinsey-high-res.html

    Curt Flood Story to be Discussion Topic
    Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
    Brad Snyder, author of A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports will discuss Curt Flood’s story and his impact on the development of free agency in Major League Baseball.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/meet-the-author-brad-snyder.html
    Theater Performance
    Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.   
    Guests will see a moving play, If There Be White Roses, about six women, their lives and their experiences with domestic violence. Harriet Tubman Theater.
    Presented by Brenda’s Girls Productions.
    Admission charge. For tickets, call 513-886-1561.
    http://www.freedomcenter.org/attend-events/if-there-be-white-roses.html
    Wed, 25 Apr 2007 19:47:41 GMT
    CINCINNATI’S FREEDOM CENTER PRESENTS EXCITING FAMILY EXHIBIT
    GLOBAL SHOES
    JUNE 16 THROUGH AUGUST 12
    A Try-On, Hands-On, Feet-In Experience at Cincinnati’s Freedom Center
    (Cincinnati, Ohio – April 25, 2007)  The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announces that the critically acclaimed family exhibit, Global Shoes, will open at the Center on Father’s Day, June 16, just two weeks after the closing of the current popular art and artifacts Freedom Center exhibit, In the Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey. The new exhibit, Global Shoes, is on loan from the
    Brooklyn Children’s Museum and offers an exciting, fun experience designed to encourage children and their families to explore global cultures within the context of a fantasy shoe store and factory. The exhibition incorporates an intriguing collection of 187 shoes from more than 40 countries and a variety of hands-on, feet-in activities.
    Global Shoes is free with the cost of admission to Freedom Center guests.
    Exhibit visitors at the Freedom Center will be able to slip on reindeer boots from Finland, rice straw sandals from Korea, and embroidered mules from Morocco. Global Shoes invites children and families to discover the people of the world through their footwear. Global Shoes sparks children’s curiosity through authentic artifacts and interactive audio and video components.
     
    The exhibit is available in English and translated in Spanish, and features two main interactive areas: a shoe store and a factory complex that “manufactures” footwear from around the world. Visitors are encouraged to explore how shoes are clues to people and places through try-on, role-play and investigative activities.


    Images from the exhibit will be available online at the Freedom Center’s web site, http://www.freedomcenter.org.  The Freedom Center also is planning a series of events throughout the summer related to the exhibit including the Family Freedom Saturdays on the third Saturday of each month.
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    Situated in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Freedom Center celebrates the legacy of courage and multicultural cooperation embodied in the story of the Underground Railroad. Of equal importance, the Freedom Center uses a wide array of exhibits to educate the public about the historic and continuing struggle to establish universal freedom in both the U.S. and around the world. For additional information, visit http://www.freedomcenter.org or call 513.333.7500.
    Fri, 13 Apr 2007 16:52:21 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    April 12, 2007
    News for This Week
     
    Special Thank You to our Volunteers
    The Freedom Center will celebrate National Volunteer Week April 15th-21st with a special event at the Center, Wednesday evening, April 18.  We invite you to join us in honoring and thanking our volunteers for their immeasurable contributions. You’ll find a list of names of these special people in the attached thank you document.


    A Special New Exhibit Opens at the Freedom Center
    Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, June 3
    In the Hands of African American Collectors:
    The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey: African American Art and Artifacts
    “...an astonishing range of objects.”
                          Palisades Post
    “The - collection reflects - a history well beyond the two of them.”
                            Los Angeles Times
    “(The Kinsey’s) Los Angeles home is filled with marvelous things. Art hangs on every wall and is in every nook. It greets you from the moment you walk in the door.”
                            CBS Morning Show
    The first stop of a two-year national tour featuring works by Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert Scott Duncanson, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Henry O. Tanner and more, as well as rare artifacts.
    Organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles .
    National tour sponsors: Northern Trust and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

     
    Tribute to August Wilson - Performance by Cincinnati Black Theatre Co.
    Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m.
    A tribute to the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson. 


    Community Forum
    Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.
    Want to Hear About the Plans for the Riverfront Park ?
    Quarterly educational forums with key community leaders are sponsored by GiveBack Cincinnati in cooperation with the Freedom Center .
    Tonight’s guest, Steve Schuckman, superintendent of planning and design for the Riverfront Park .


    Upcoming Guest Talk with Ambassador Joyce Leader
    at the Taft Research Center Conference Room, Clifton Avenue
    What Went Wrong in Rwanda ?
    Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m.
    Sponsored by the Taft Research Center , Ambassador Leader, a native of Cincinnati and a survivor of the genocide is currently a Taft Research Fellow at UC, is focusing her work today on the Rwandan genocide and women. She is a native of Cincinnati , Ohio and still works for the State Department promoting peace in Central Africa .
    Mercantile Library Founder’s Day Event Honors Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Wednesday, April 18, 5 p.m.
    Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street
    Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin will discuss the life and work of Ohio author Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in 1872 and the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim. Reservations can be made by calling 513.621.0717, or online at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    Fri, 06 Apr 2007 19:46:48 GMT
    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    April 6, 2007
    This Week’s Special Events
    Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m.
    Raymond Arsenault, Author of Freedom Riders
    Saturday, April 7, 1-2 p.m.
    Children’s Theatre
    Monday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
    Dr. Joy Leary presents a talk on post-traumatic slave syndrome
    Thursday, April 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
    Freedom YP Presents an Evening of Dance, Live Music and Good Food
    Freedom YP celebrates the freedom of…dance.
    Son del Caribe is the featured live playing this night
    Ballet tech Cincinnati will be performing as well.
    $6 at the door.  Members will receive free admission

     
    Saturday, April 14
    The Opening of a Special New Exhibit at the Freedom Center
    In the Hands of African American Collectors:
    The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey: African American Art and Artifacts
    The Freedom Center proudly presents a new nationally-touring exhibit organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) and featuring outstanding examples of African American art and rare artifacts. This diverse and significant private art and cultural collection highlight the treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Los Angeles , California on its first stop of a two-year national tour.  Items in the show include a includes works by Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert Scott Duncanson, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence and Henry O. Tanner. National tour sponsors: Northern Trust and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
    Exhibit continues through June 3

    Sent by several friends who were in sponsorship of this event   APRIL 9, 2007

    DR. JOY DEGRUY-LEARY
    Speaking on “Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome”
    Council for American Islamic Relations
    This event is supported by:
    Healing Through History
    A program of BRIDGES for a Just Community,
    Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP,
    Council for American Islamic Relations,
    CHRC

  16. Chris S says:

    Well one thing they have worked on is a collaboration between UC law school and the freedom center to put out a scholarly journal.  I know several students who have worked on that journal and have become involved in that way.

    That said, they really do need to do more as far as outreach.  But it doesn’t help that every time the center tries to do anything there are folks like Peter Bronson jumping all over them calling them “a welfare case”.

  17. Jason Brown says:

    The answer is quite prevailing in this article that the Freedom Center has in fact not fulfilled it’s share of the bargain. The question has been posed as to wether or not the Center should be cut from funding and the obvious answer is no. Anyone who thinks it is a good idea to cut their funding are probably the same morons that vote against school levies and expect a higher quality of education. If you take away the funding how would the center ever even begin to establish a high ground on which to conduct community involvement. Now I am not sure how we should go about this and I would be most certain that the Dean would have some decent opinion but I leave my hand out from that part. My only point is that cutting funding is idiotic and downright insane and probably something only a neocon would do.

  18. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Jason,
    If a restaurant serves awful food, do you eat there more often?
    If a department store sells hideous clothing, do you buy more of it?
    Of course not, THAT would be idiotic.

    An institution that can’t fulfill its mission certainly deserves to lose all of its funding; the same way a lousy doctor deserves to lose all his patients. Public money comes with a responsibility to accomplish a stated purpose. Pipe-dreams and play-things should be funded privately.

    The NURFC can’t seem to come up with programs the public wants; thererfore it needs to go away so those dollars can be redirected to someone who actually is making a difference.

  19. CincyJeff says:

    Great article Dean.  The history of the Underground Railroad and escape from slavery is a good story and one that needs to be told.  However the execution here has been terrible and it needs to be called out. 

    #17 - Years ago the Freedom Center promised to be self-sufficient.  This promise wasn’t imposed on them by COAST or the evil white man, they made this promise themselves.  And it’s a promise that should be able to get carried out.  The Creation Museum was built without public funds.  It operates without public funds.  Their big issue right now is how to expand their parking lot. 

    Put out a product that people want.  Design the project responsibly so it can be sustained over time.  The Creation Museum did this.  The Freedom Center did not.

    This community has other needs that must be met.  The Freedom Center has received its $60 million of taxpayer funds.  They should live up to their promise and receive no more.

  20. anon says:

    The Freedom Center was “promised” a front row seat on a vibrant river banks - instead they have struggled with the good business of parking lots. LOL.  We, broke our promise to the Center and all the investors who ponied up to get it off the ground.  Once the Center has the benefit of development it will be an overwhelming success with an incredible clientele who will provide for the needed endowment.  It will be the Jewel on the Ohio

  21. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Where’s Paul Bernish?  I would have thought he’d be here right now to chide us all for our racist, selfish ways.

  22. Jason Brown says:

    Mark, I would be ashamed if I did not admit that I had not thought of it in those terms and if such statistics were applied you would be correct. Let us not forget, however; it takes a few years for any business to become successful no matter what the industry or affiliation. You were correct in your comments but I would suppose my next push would only be to give them more time to see if they can turn them around.

  23. CincyJeff says:

    Jason Brown, the Creation Museum was a rousing success from Day 1, and with ZERO taxpayer funds.  The Freedom Center opened nearly 5 years ago, and it’s still a failure, despite $60 million of taxpayer funds.  Clearly one model is working great and the other is terrible.

  24. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    CincyJeff:

    To be fair, there are people who go to the Creation Museum because they just can’t believe there actually exists a museum dedicated to a fairy tale—especially one with dinosaurs on a non-existent boat during a mythical flood—but no such audience exists for the premise of an Underground Railroad Museum.

  25. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    only time to visit the ‘freedom’ center is on its free days….

    i personally look forward to it being converted into condos….

  26. Jason Brown says:

    I would agree with the Dean in the fact that the only reason people visit the creation museum is to poke fun at its rediculous display of idiocy. I would like to further also, the notion that many of “God’s Faithful” set a pilgramage to this place because, after all, it is not possible that God would have created evolution and it is far more reasonable to assume that some bearded white man created all of us with his magic wand. Maybe this god is racist and that is why the freedom center is failing. Those arguments sound to be about the same?

    As for condos; I am not sure if I would want to live there but if we had any takers maybe things would be different?

    I guess my main question is: what is an adequate and approprate way to deal with the center? And secondly, where has all the money gone?!

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