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WYSO Weekend: February 21, 2021

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

WYSO’s look at Black History Month grew out of work done by the historian and scholar Dr. Carter Woodson – whose life was devoted to the study and promotion of black history. Dr. Woodson founded The Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1915 and he’s known as The Father of Black History.

West Dayton Stories is our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. It comes from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO, which highlights the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.

Wilberforce University is one of America’s oldest historically black colleges. Their president, Dr. Elfred Pinkard tells WYSO’s Jason Reynolds that the college is overcoming the pandemic the same way it has overcome challenges for the last 160 years—by putting its students first.

Like most schools in the Miami Valley, this season’s Dayton Youth Radio classes were taught virtually, in an online classroom. Today we have a story from a Centerville High School Student – about a life changing dream.

We’ll wrap up the program with the always informative Bird Note - and Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.<br/>