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PUBLISHER’S PAGE Founder & Publisher Ray Miller

Layout & Design Ray Miller, III

Assistant Editor Ray Miller, III

Media Consultant Rod Harris Distribution Manager Ronald Burke OSU Student Intern Malini Srikrishna

Lead Photographer Steve Harrison

Contributing Editors Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens Lisa Benton, MD, MPH Rodney Q. Blount, Jr. MA Billi Ewing Alethea E. Gaddis, MBA Eric Johnson, PhD Robin A. Jones, PhD Cecil Jones, MBA Elizabeth Joy, MBA Jaqueline Lewis-Lyons, PsyD Darren Lundy Tracy E. Phillips Senator Charleta B. Tavares

The Columbus African American news journal was founded by Ray Miller on January 10, 2011

The Columbus & Dayton African American welcomes the National Urban League 2018 Conference to the City of Columbus. We have asked our contributing writers to submit the “Best of” their work and we hope that you enjoy our publication; the National Urban League Conference; and the 20 page Urban League Insert, in the middle of our news journal. Missed opportunities! The pathway to the fulfilment of your dream was right there before you--and you missed your opportunity to own it. There are some people who are unprepared for the opportunity when the door opens; and there are others who are prepared, but yet unwilling to act in a decisive, strategic manner when the opportunity avails itself with open arms. The Latin phrase is carpe’ diem--seize the day. We have such an opportunity being presented to us. The National Urban League will host its annual conference in our City. More importantly, the conference will focus on the “Digital Revolution.” Many people might say, “I don’t know anything about technology.I don’t do digital. I don’t use a computer....and never will. I’m doing just fine without it. What they don’t know is that technology knows everything about them and affects them in every aspect of their life. You can choose to be technologically illiterate, but you cannot excuse yourself from its impact and influences. Years ago, I started the Columbus African American Literacy Initiative. I worked with the Columbus Literacy Council in structuring this important organization. At the time, there were more than 90,000 individuals in Franklin County who were functionally illiterate; they could not read at a third-grade level. I formed this program because of the large number of people who would come into my legislative office, requesting my assistance, and it was clear that they could not read. They were grown adults who had mastered covering up their inability to read. We used newspapers to teach them the fundamentals and selected books to enhance our instruction. Many of the students expressed in the most passionate words that they wanted to learn to read because they wanted to read the Bible. Illiteracy silences you. Illiteracy removes you from the conversation. Illiteracy places you in a vulnerable position wherein one can be manipulated and taken advantage of in any number of ways--employment, education, health, housing, transportation, safety, income etc. In fact, the non-reader removes him or herself from conversations that are both casual and critical. I certainly am not the most technologically proficient guy on the planet--far from it. Less than eight years ago, I had never touched a computer; and now, I publish the largest news journal in Columbus & Dayton, Ohio. We have to keep learning. There is no going backwards to the days of information being transferred and transmitted at a snail’s pace. E-Commerce, robotics, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, self-driving cars and buses, microchips for humans, voice commands with Alexa, the Assistant and Siri are real today, and are substantially impacting every aspect of our lives. I had the opportunity to speak to a group of brilliant young people from the YMCA who were convened by Daniel Crease at his Multi-Cultural Center to here a few leaders in sports, music, the media and politics. At the conclusion of my remarks I informed those present that I was not at all interested in their questions. I shared with them that I was only interested in their answers. One young man heard me clearly and took it from there--instructing all of us on what kind of leaders our young people need to have brought before them today--not drive-by leaders or periodic leaders who flash in and never return to the communities that gave birth to them, their aspirations, and goals. But people who genuinely care about them and will give real time to transfer the knowledge that we have to the next generation. We need more answers. The National Urban League Conference is an opportunity. Twenty thousand African Americans will converge in our City to discuss the major issues of the day and what we should be doing to address them. This conference provides a launching point for seriousminded individuals to put forth answers--have them debated, refined, and properly directed. To be clear, no conference is a panacea or end all. They can, however, be forums that give birth to progressive ideas and business ventures that will hopefully transform our communities for the better. Don’t miss your opportunity and do not get left out of the Revolution. Carpe diem! See you on August 1-4 at the Convention Center. Bring your notebook or better yet, your iPad or iphone! With Appreciation and Respect,

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The Columbus & Dayton African American • July 2018

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August 2018 Edition  

The August 2018 edition of The Columbus & Dayton African American is now available. This month we honor and highlight the National Urban Lea...

August 2018 Edition  

The August 2018 edition of The Columbus & Dayton African American is now available. This month we honor and highlight the National Urban Lea...