Honoring Black Stories

by Rebecca Brown Asmo When I joined Ohio Humanities as Executive Director in 2021, I began working with our team to identify untold and under-told stories that would encourage meaningful discourse among Ohioans. I was soon introduced to the story of the Lincoln School Marchers and the important role that Hillsboro, Ohio, played in the movement to desegregate America’s schools … Read More

Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood by Dave Parker and Dave Jordan

Review by David Merkowitz As a Cincinnati Reds fan in the 1980s and 1990s, the experience was almost like a fable out of Greek mythology. Once, giants strode the earth, but that was in the time before. Now, our ballplayers were mere humans. In the 1970s, Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine dominated the National League, winning two World Series, making two appearances in … Read More

In Conversation: Dr. Deondre Smiles

Dr. Deondre Smiles is a Black and Ojibwe scholar originally from occupied Dakota territories (Minneapolis). A geographer whose research interests include Indigenous geographies and epistemologies, science and technology studies, and tribal cultural resource preservation and protection, Dr. Smiles earned his PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University in 2020. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University … Read More

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Review by Diane Schroeder Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is a reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. Author Jason Reynolds provides historical context for the ingrained racism in America, exploring our history from the formation of the United States to the 21st century.