Ku­dos

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Ku­dos goes out to lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tivist Vi­vian Har­ris. Through her de­ter­mi­na­tion and count­less ef­forts, a part of Ox­ford – and Amer­ica’s his­tory – has been pre­served in print.

In 1922, Julius Rosen­wald, pres­i­dent of Sears, Roe­buck and Co., teamed up with Booker T. Wash­ing­ton to help bet­ter the lives of African Amer­i­can chil­dren in the South. With Rosen­wald’s mil­lions of dol­lars in match­ing funds and Wash­ing­ton’s be­lief that ed­u­ca­tion was the best hope for chil­dren sub­jected to seg­re­ga­tion, more than 4,000 schools were cre­ated through­out the South. One of those Rosen­wald schools served African Amer­i­can chil­dren in Ox­ford.

We ap­pre­ci­ate people like Mrs. Har­ris, be­cause it’s people like her who keep alive the his­tory of our com­mu­ni­ties, a his­tory that should never be for­got­ten and should al­ways be nour­ished and pre­served.

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