"LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD: REFLECTING ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN DAYTON"

Community Panel Discussion

Feb. 27 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sears Recital Hall

Panel moderator: Kathleen Henderson

Join us as community leaders from the Dayton Africana Elders Council share with us stories and reflections of their work within the community to address social justice and civil rights issues over the years. The panelists will engage in a lively discussion with the audience to identify current social justice struggles in our community, and challenge us to think of ways to build community to achieve positive change.

Sears Recital Hall is a 183-seat facility located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. After 6:30 p.m. visitors may park in Lot C without a permit for this event. This is a free event and seating is limited. Plan to arrive early. 

Panelist Bios

Nozipo Glenn

Nozipo Glenn is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, and has been in Dayton since 1975. Born in 1944 at the end of WWII, she witnessed returning veteran elders and relatives being humiliated and treated as non-persons after the British government had lied to them to lure them into joining the European war. In 1960, she witnessed her father and other adult males being humiliated and dragged out of hiding following the Sharpeville and Langa Massacre. While in elementary school, she participated in protests against Bantu Education which was designed to further enslave the African mind. At age 16 she became and continues to be a member of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, a liberation movement which was launched on April 6, 1959 to counter the arrival of the colonizer Dutchman Jan Van Riebeeck on April 6, 1652. She was exiled in 1972, at the height of apartheid, with an exit permit until 1995. After coming to Dayton, Ohio, she has served the community in various ways. She is the Midwest Representative to the United Nations Observer Mission of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania. She is the President of the Miami Valley African Organization in Dayton, Ohio. She is an Executive Committee Board Member of the Midwest American Friends Service Committee. She is a Founding Member and Executive Board Member of the Harambee Coffee Roasters Co-Op in Dayton, Ohio. She is a founding Member and Executive Board Member of the Dayton African American Cultural Festival. She is also a founding Member and inaugural Inductee of the Dayton Africana Elders Council. In addition to her community service, her work as been quite varied as well--she has worked as a maid, nanny, washerwoman, factory worker, hotel worker, high school teacher, therapist, counselor, forensic social worker.

David K. Greer

David K. Greer is a Civil Service retiree from the Federal Government with a little over 31 years of service to his credit. Starting out as a vocational high school student from Patterson Co-Op High School, after he graduated he begin his Federal Civil Service career as a firefighter. Unfortunately, because of a low blood sugar condition for which his doctor treated and returned him to work with a clean bill of health, the so called “powers that be” still decided that this disqualified him from being a firefighter after five years at it and he was removed and placed in another career field. Although this was against his wishes he accepted this “demotion” of the bureaucracy and forged ahead with a new vigor. He vowed at this early point in his career to always fight against the injustices and inequality of the bureaucracy we are governed by and to always do his best to help people. This became the foundation of his willingness to volunteer and lead as best as he could in his community. 

Mr. Greer’s civic activities began as a volunteer community activist in 1996. He became the Community Council Member representative to the Northwest Priority Board (NWPB) for the Jane Reece Neighborhood Association where he lives in Dayton, Ohio in 1999. He has not stopped since. He is very active in his Harris Memorial CME Church as the Usher Board President, member of the Trustee Board since 1997, and a member of the Male Chorus; Member, Vineyard Project Steering Committee since 2000; and Moderator/member for the Harris Memorial CME Church Vineyard Project. His dossier consists of: Northwest Priority Board Chairman (2005 to present); Administrative Assistant to the Chairman, Northwest Priority Board of Dayton (2004), Vice Chairman (2001 to 2003); Graduate Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) (2000); Graduate First Citizen Police Academy (2001); Member, Dayton to Durban Elimination of Racism Housing Caucus (2003); Member, Safe Haven Steering Committee of Dayton (2002); Member, Alliance Community Schools Board of Trustees of Dayton (2001-present); Member, Community Justice Council of Dayton (2000); Community Council Member, Jane Reece Neighborhood Association (1996 to present); Lifetime Member, Blacks In Government /Greater Dayton Chapter (1998 to present), and former Vice President (2005- 2008); former Chaplin, and former BIG Region V Regional Council Finance Committee Chair; former Vice President Interdenominational Church Ushers Association, Inc. of Dayton; former member and Treasurer, Community Reinvestment Institute Alumni Association (CRIAA); former YMCA Neighborhood Development Center Branch Board Chairman (Trotwood location) and current member; Membership Chair of the Dayton Community Revitalization Network (DCRN); Member, City Wide Development Corporation (CWDC) Board 2009 to present; current member, Community Police Council (CPC) (from 2011 to present); current member, West Community Police Relations (W-CPR) Committee Co-Chair (2012 to present); current member, Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV) (2012 to present); inductee to the Dayton Africana Council of Elders (DACE) (2013); 2013 Candidate for City of Dayton Commissioner; and Lifetime Member Dayton Unit NAACP.

Mr. Greer is the proud father of Naomi, Darnell, Salina, and David Jr.  Along with the blessing of his children, he has been doubled blessed with eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. They are four girls and four boys ranging in age from 24 years of age to 7, and two years old, respectively.  

Kathleen Denise Henderson
Associate Director of the Office of Student Success and Parent Engagement

Kathleen received both a BS in Business Administration (1986) and an MS in Education (1993) from the University of Dayton. In 1981 Kathleen joined the UD community as employee and over the course of 30+ years sampled a variety of trades all in the name of education. Her UD career trajectory includes stints as secretary, recruiter, grievance officer, adjunct professor, multicultural programmer, director, executive assistant, counselor, mentor, colleague and friend. With a sense of wonder, openness and willingness this odyssey has taken her from the Law School to Student Development to Senior Administration and now to Enrollment Management where she serves as the director of student engagement and Associate Director of the Office of Student Success and Parent Engagement.

Kathleen’s service to the University and Dayton communities has been extensive and varied. She has served as a member of the University’s Diversity Task Force, President’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, President’s Diversity Lecture Series, and on numerous entry, intermediate and senior level searches where she has made an indelible mark. Because of this commitment Kathleen was honored to receive the University’s prestigious Lackner Award and was selected to travel as a delegate to Rome for the beatification of Fr. Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (Marianist) that formed the University of Dayton.

A native Daytonian, Kathleen is also active in the greater Dayton community, having served on boards such as: the YWCA of Dayton, Richard Allen Educational Review Committee, National Afro-American Museum, Founders Family Project, Kid’s Voting and Black Alcohol Outreach. In 2008 Kathleen was selected as one of Dayton’s Top Ten African American Women honorees. A life member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, she has served in numerous capacities, including: trustee; president of the Civic Association; education ministry, hand bell choir and church announcer. In 2007 Kathleen and her family were selected from a pool of 2000+ to be “the ordinary” person in the nationally broadcast PBS series African American Lives II.

Margaret Evelyn Peters

Daytonian Margaret Peters was graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954 and earned her B. S. with Honors, M.A. and Supervisor’s Certificate from the University of Dayton. A teacher in the Dayton Public Schools for thirty years, she also served as Black History Resource Teacher for the district, served on the executive board of the Dayton Education Association (DEA), conducted workshops for the Human Rights Commission of the Ohio Education Association (OEA), and edited the newsletter of the Doris L. Allen Minority Caucus (DLAMC) of the OEA. She also taught at Central State University West, Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. After retiring in 1993, she served as president of the DEA-R (Retired Teachers), and as a member of both the Dayton Public School’s and Ohio Department of Education’s Social Studies Writing Teams. She is currently an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College. Some of her past community activities include founding the the Dayton branch of the ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life & History) in 1984 and serving as president until 2012; serving as secretary for the Dayton African American Legacy Institute, Inc. (DAALI); and serving as chair for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to high school seniors during the past twenty-seven years. She has numerous writings, including Dayton’s African American Heritage, Expanded Edition, published in 2005, and has been honored at the local, state and national levels for her many accomplishments and commitment to service.

Prof. Vernellia Randall
Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton School of Law

Professor Vernellia Randall started teaching in 1990. She writes extensively on and speaks internationally about race, women, and health care. She is the recipient of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairman’s Award. Professor Randall provided public health nursing services and served as an administrator for a statewide health program in Alaska. Involved in public health work for more than 15 years, Professor Randall focused on eliminating disparities in health care for minorities and the poor. After graduating in 1987 from Lewis and Clark Law School, she became an associate with a Portland, Oregon, law firm specializing in health care law and issues relating to health and disability insurance coverage. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Lewis and Clark College. Professor Randall has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health. She has been recognized in Who's Who in the World since 1995 and Who's Who in the United States since 1998. Professor Randall is the editor and webmaster for four academic websites on race, health care, gender, and academic support. She is the author of Dying While Black. More importantly, she is the proud mother of her adult sons, Tshaka and Issa and the Nah-Nah of Ajani and Makai.

Greer C. Stanford-Randle

Greer C. Stanford-Randle, a 1964 graduate of Roosevelt High School, went on to graduate from The Ohio State University in Social Welfare. Afterwards in the 1970s she did her graduate work at Kent State University in Criminology; much later in the late 2000s she did a second Masters degree in African American Studies at Georgia State University. Ms. Stanford-Randle became a member of the following two honor societies in her mid-sixties: Golden Key International Honor Society, and Ankh Maat Wedjau National Honor Society for African American Studies. As a demonstrated proponent of lifelong learning, she has entered a PhD program this year at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, OH. 

Her professional life in Correctional Administration began when she worked for the City of Cleveland, OH Municipal Court; she joined the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in 1973 as the first African-descended Intern in the US Justice Department's Washington bureaucracy.She has worked as a Senior Case Manager,  a Unit Manager, an Institution  Case Management Coordinator, a Regional Office Correctional Programs Administrator over inmate movement for "special offenders" [currently called WITSEC inmates], as a Warden's Executive Assistant, and as Acting Associate Warden in a men's medium security prison. Also during her career in the Bureau, she served as the National Federal Women's Program Manager in Human Resource Management; she wrote the agency's first policy on Sexual Harassment after it became actionable under Title 7.  

Ms. Stanford-Randle is currently an Executive Council Member of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History and the President of the local Paul Laurence Dunbar BRANCH of ASALH. She is also a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, NCBS (National Council for Black Studies) and a founding member of DAEC: Dayton Africana Elders Council. She has been initiated and elevated to Oloye (chief) in the Ifa spiritual system of the Yoruba people of West Africa. She successfully reared four children to adulthood, 75% of whom earned college degrees and graduate degrees. She's the grandmother of eight (8) grandsons to whom she hopes to pass the inclination to struggle for both gender and racial parity, justice and prosperity for the African-descended during their lifetimes.