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Cincinnati’s Black community and their untold stories

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The Black Agenda Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Herald launch Cincinnati Black History, a digital platform for sharing and preserving unfiltered stories of Black heritage.

The Black Agenda Cincinnati (BAC) and The Cincinnati Herald, in collaboration, announce the official launch of Cincinnati Black History, a project dedicated to the untold history and rich heritage of Cincinnati’s African American community.

Cincinnati Black History is a digital hub for user-submitted stories about the unique experiences and lives of Black Cincinnatians. The goal of this project is to give them an opportunity to share and preserve their unfiltered, personal stories of heritage in their own voices.

“We, as African Americans, typically have our stories told for us — in history books and schools, television and movies. And while we seem to be entering a time where our fight to have true ownership over our narrative is breaking through, it’s a struggle that’s far from over,” said Dwight Tillery, Black Agenda Cincinnati co-convener. “That’s why the Black Agenda Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Herald are coming together to give us a chance to tell our history, share our experiences and preserve them in one place for posterity.”

People within Cincinnati’s African American community are invited to submit their stories through the site. They’ll also have the opportunity to include photos and will be able to organize them under a variety of categories, including: business, slavery, sports, civil unrest and several more. Tutorials on the site will help guide users through the process.

“As the leading African American multi-media publisher in the region, working with The Black Agenda Cincinnati on Cincinnati Black History was a natural extension of what we do every day —tell the stories of the African American community,” said Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Esq, The Cincinnati Herald publisher. “This is an educational and experiential online destination where we can reclaim our narrative by simply sharing our stories that make us who we are today. Whether the accounts are from our own lives, the stories of our ancestors or our hopes for our descendants’ futures, this is a place where our history can live on in a voice that is our own and no one else’s.”

This mission of The Black Agenda Cincinnati is an effort to preserve the rich and untold Black history of Cincinnati. Those interested in submitting their personal stories can do so at cincinnatiblackhistory.com.

About Cincinnati Black History

Cincinnati Black History is a platform for African Americans in Cincinnati to share and preserve their untold history and rich heritage in the region. A collaboration between The Black Agenda Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Herald, the project’s goal is to better establish, communicate and maintain the African American community’s narrative in the region. Cincinnati Black History’s site will be a vehicle to preserve Cincinnati’s rich African American culture and historical record. To visit the site, go to cincinnatiblackhistory.com.

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