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Saturday, September 19, 1998




Clinton's efforts on race applauded in area
Akron residents say while advisory panel's suggestions not new, they are worthy steps toward racial harmony
With few exceptions, area residents give President Clinton high marks for his efforts to improve race relations. Residents who attended Clinton's town hall meeting on race in Akron in December were asked yesterday to gauge the effect Clinton has had on race relations since the meeting and the importance of the recently released report from the President's Advisory Board on Race.

Tuesday, January 6, 1998

Race Talks
What: National Days of Dialogue on Race Relations, a nationwide effort to spur conversation on racial issues. When: Small and large groups in 55 cities will hold discussions starting Jan. 14 and ending Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day.

Sunday, December 28, 1997

Results wanted after talk on race
Public's expectations high after Akron meeting
Desiree F. Hicks Beacon Journal Washington Bureau WASHINGTON: When President Clinton appointed a seven-member board to counsel him on race relations, the advisers believed they would be able to delve into the vexing issue behind closed doors -- away from the glaring lights and public scrutiny that might leave some a bit gun-shy.

Thursday, December 18, 1997

Bennett challenges race panel
Former education czar offers conservative view, pushing vouchers, at suburban Va. meeting
An audience member suggested that local schools should invest more in conflict resolution. ``I'd get the math scores up before we talk about conflict resolution,'' Bennett retorted. He said the panel should listen to parents in the District of Columbia who are worried about drugs and criminals jeopardizing their children's learning.

Wednesday, December 17, 1997

Clinton fends off criticism of race plan
Akron town hall meeting called `presidential Oprah'
In a lengthy, sometimes testy exchange with reporters, Clinton also provided the broadest explanation of his affirmative action stance and said he believes most Americans agree with him. The conference came a day after Clinton named Bill Lann Lee the acting head of civil rights enforcement at the Justice Department against the Senate's will, and a day before Clinton's race See Race, Page A14 Race Clinton advisory board will hold meeting today Continued from Page A1advisory board meets in Fairfax, Va., a Washington suburb with a diverse, wealthy school system.

Sunday, December 7, 1997

Younger generations see hope for America
Experts say nation is at crossroads in race relations, but prejudice remains
Beacon Journal business writers Jonathan Morgan drew the line in the sand. At President Clinton's town meeting in Akron, the 21-year-old University of Akron student put it plainly: Those over 30 have a more difficult time with race relations than those under 30.

Kent State students practice listening
Sociology class agrees better relations require honest conversation
It's what marriage counselors tell troubled couples all the time -- that it is as important to listen as it is to speak. It's what Tiffany Murray, a black general studies major at Kent State University, says will have to happen if this nation is ever to have a meaningful conversation about race, as President Clinton has been urging.

In wake of presidential visit, community groups prepare for next step
Janet Frankston Beacon Journal staff writers Despite President Clinton's Akron town meeting and his initiative on race, people will still cross the street today to avoid encountering someone of another race.

Only blacks are asked to discuss race in Dallas
Leaders who are close to city judge are invited
DALLAS: President Clinton's initiative on race moved to Dallas on Friday night, but the local organizer closed the meeting to the public and invited only blacks to participate.

December 6, 1997

Students put race into focus
Beacon Journal staff writers Even though he attended President Clinton's town meeting on race Wednesday, John L. Clark said he didn't really consider the effects of racism until he watched a group of his peers from behind a two-way mirror.

December 5, 1997

President's gone. Now what?
Most hope something comes of meeting. Signs are it's business as usual
The TV trucks are gone, and so are the Secret Service agents. Gone, too, is the euphoria of a presidential visit and the national attention it brought to Akron.

Fading momentum a concern
Observers don't know if dialogue will continue
Continued from Page A1 help a little, I guess,'' she said. ``But racism has been around for a long time. I don't think one meeting is going to accomplish that much.''

Dozens of representatives from newspapers, television stations and radio stations from around the country
covered President Clinton's town meeting on race in Akron.
Many of the national news accounts had a similar theme: The dialogue was not deep enough, did not address the hard realities of racism in America and did not express enough divergent opinion -- particularly from the underclass in America.

Organization Rides A Wave Of Good Feeling
Everything Coming Together
The Coming Together Project got just what its staff and board had hoped for from President Clinton's visit Wednesday -- lots of positive attention. All day yesterday, local organizations, businesses and individuals called the office asking how they can get involved, said Fannie Brown, executive director of the project.


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