Friday, April 05, 2002

Some Good News

Weekend celebrates diversity

        Nearly a year ago, the city was torn apart with riots and charges of racism.

        Next weekend, the Center for Peace Education is looking beyond the civil unrest and hosting a weekend of activities celebrating Greater Cincinnati's unity and diversity.

        It starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday with a Citywide Moment of Peace assembly at Porter Hays Washburn School, 1035 Mound St., West End. Retired federal Judge Nathaniel R. Jones will lead the assembly. Following the assembly, Emory B. Livers, director of diversity at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will conduct a drug prevention conference at the school.

        “We expect to have 10,000 youth at both assemblies,” said Jennifer Smith, executive director of the Center for Peace Education. “The entire weekend of activities will be educational and inclusive.”

        On April 13, there will be free admission to all museums at the Cincinnati Museum Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The only cost is a $4 parking fee. The Omnimax theater will offer discounted tickets to the first 1,000 visitors.

        “Our goal this weekend is to raise awareness of the need for further education,” Ms. Smith said.

        CPE is 23 years old in Cincinnati and conducts yearlong efforts, providing conflict resolution training to students ages 6-18.

        “We operate in urban and suburban, public and private schools, teaching about conflict management and diversity appreciation,” Ms. Smith said. “We get involved with schools when they call us. Problems involve a lot of things. It could be kids putting a kid down, verbal or physical fighting.”

        She said the weekend celebration will include exhibits on what has been done in the last year to promote racial harmony since the riots.

        For more information, call 221-4863.

        Parents and children can attend a free summer enrichment opportunities fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, 3458 Reading Road, Avondale. Call 281-9955, ext. 509.

        Holocaust Awareness Weeks will begin Sunday and run through April 21.

        Activities start at 1 p.m. with a public ceremony, called “A Day of Recognition Honoring Bulgaria and Denmark,” in the Great Hall at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Walnut Hills. Sign language interpretation will be available.

        There will be continuous showings of documentary films from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the rescue during the Holocaust in Bulgaria and in Denmark. Programs are sponsored by The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton.

        For more information on other activities, call 221-1875, Ext. 355.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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