As we celebrated the first nationally recognized Juneteenth, it is important we recognize the history and meaning behind the holiday. There is still a long way to go in the fight for equity and justice, but there are (often untold) stories throughout our history that can encourage us to continue that fight. One of these stories is the history of the first Rainbow Coalition and what happened when Black Panthers, Appalachian migrants, and Latinos banded together to fight against systematic oppression in Chicago and all over the world. Read more in the blog post and be sure to watch the PBS documentary that inspired it.

Plus, help the Women's City Club of Cincinnati honor Marian Spencer during a statue dedication in Smale Park and consider attending the Alliance for Appalachia's Youth Climate Change Conference this weekend!

Marian Spencer to be Honored by a Statue 
When the statue of Marian Spencer is officially dedicated in Smale Park near the Freedom Center on  June 27, Marian will become the first Cincinnati woman to be honored by the creation of a public statue. This is one of the many firsts for Marian.  In 1983 she became the first Appalachian woman to be elected to Cincinnati City Council and one of the first African American women to hold this position. Marian held the title of vice mayor during part of that time. Although born in Gallipolis, she never claimed her Appalachian identity; but she was when she ran for office, endorsed by AppalPAC, and championed the cause of justice for all people. She supported LGBT rights and was endorsed by Stonewall. She held leadership positions in the Charter Committee, NAACP, and the Woman’s City Club.  As a civil rights leader, she is best known for instigating the successful effort to integrate the Coney Island swimming pool and for her sustained efforts for equality in public education, housing, and employment. Her biography, Keep on Fighting: The Life and Civil Rights Legacy of Marian A. Spencer, by Dot Christenson was published in 2015.  Marian and her husband Donald received the Urban Appalachian Council’s Kinship Award. Marian died in 2019 and her memorial service was held at Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus. Her impact on the University of Cincinnati included integration of the medical school.  When the university president hesitated on this issue she challenged him in a way that no one else could to do his job. And he did. UACC joins Cincinnati in honoring this great woman and champion of the oppressed. 

The Sound Quilt Project Weaves Sonic Fibers To Tell A Story of Issues Faced by People in Appalachia - WEKU

Through song and poetry, Trey Burnart Hall and Pauletta Hansel "sew" together a story of Appalachia. Read more about the project and how to stream the Sound Quilt in this NPR article!

The Alliance for Appalachia is hard at work shaping  Appalachia's needs for environmental and economic justice legislation in Congress. If anyone would like to join these efforts, Mike Maloney can help get you involved if you need that help. Please let Mike ( know your interest so he can report.

Youth for Appalachia: Appalachian Climate Justice Conference
Saturday, June 26

Youth for Appalachia will be hosting a conference for those ages 14-30. This conference will educate those about important climate issues that have been sidelined by mainstream environmental movements so that they can build a coalition and ensure young people have a brave space to feel welcomed and heard. Register HERE!

Cincinnati Public Library Summer Activities
Activities for Kids:

  • From June 1-July 31, every youth 18 and under who visits a library branch can get their free summer packet which includes: an activity booklet, a book, a take & make activity, and an early literacy calendar for PreK families. The activity booklet can also be downloaded from our web site.
  • Youth who finish 5 or more activities from their booklet may return to the Library may enter a grand prize drawing at their branch. 
  • Meals for youth will be provided at select locations.
  • Visit to find free in-person and online events for kids all summer long

Free Vaccinations at Library Locations: From now through August, the Library is offering free, drop-in vaccinations at select locations, in partnership with the Cincinnati Dept. of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Dept. Find locations and dates in their online calendar.

Improvements at the Downtown Main Library

The library is beginning an 18 month improvement project at its Main Library, as part of its Building the Next Generation Library initiative, which is being funded by the 1 mil levy supported by taxpayers in 2018. Here’s what will happen first:

  • This summer the elevators will be replaced in the south building
  • This summer and through the fall, the skylight over the south building’s atrium will be replaced
  • In late summer the walls surrounding the north building’s Vine St. garden will be removed, to open up the space and make it more accessible

While all this work is happening, they will need to keep the Vine St. entrance closed. In addition, since most of the work is focused in the south building, they’ll be relocating services temporarily to the north building.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to
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