Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Ribbons support racial healing

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] A 15-foot black-and-white ribbon hangs on the RiverCenter to support the end of racial unrest.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        COVINGTON - Corporex Companies has taken an idea from the YWCA one step further, displaying two large black-and-white ribbons at the RiverCenter in Covington and the Baldwin Building off Interstate 71 in Cincinnati in support of racial healing.

        The YWCA is calling for everyone to wear a black-and-white ribbon today and maintain silence for three minutes at noon as an expression of grief over racial unrest in Cincinnati.

        Corporex Chairman and CEO Bill Butler, a board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice, heard about the YWCA's effort and decided to get his company involved in a big way.

        A 15-foot ribbon is displayed on the RiverCenter building, visible across the Ohio River in Cincinnati. A similar but smaller seven-foot ribbon is hanging at the Baldwin Center just out of downtown Cincinnati off I-71.

        Mr. Butler said the ribbons will stay on the buildings indefinitely in the hope that “these ribbons tile the region together in symbolic harmony.”

        Church bells around Greater Cincinnati and the World Peace Bell in Newport will also ring at noon as part of the appeal for racial harmony.

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