Black History Month: Cincinnati State Upward Bound Program is bringing civil rights struggle to life for Mt. Healthy High School students

February 23, 2015

Robert White
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Black History Month: Cincinnati State Upward Bound Program is bringing civil rights struggle to life for Mt. Healthy High School students

Students at Mt. Healthy High School will participate in a panel discussion about civil rights and social 
justice Tuesday with one of the attorneys now involved with litigation stemming from a recent shooting 
that has attracted national attention.

Two days later, as many as 50 Mt. Health students will have the opportunity to attend a private 
screening of the film “Selma,” which deals with key portions of the American civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Both events, along with a Student Social Media Contest, are part of a Black History Month Project 
organized by the Upward Bound program at Cincinnati State, which has a longstanding relationship with 
Mount Healthy High School.

Tuesday’s panel discussion, as well as the social media contest and the movie outing, are sponsored by 
The Cochran Firm, a national law firm founded by the late Johnnie Cochran that has offices in Cincinnati. 

Anita Washington, a partner in Cochran Ohio, is one of the attorneys representing the family 
of John Crawford III, who was killed by police Aug. 5, 2014 while shopping in a retail store in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Who: Students at Mt. Healthy High School
Cincinnati State’s Upward Bound Program
The Cochran Firm

What: Panel Discussion, Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues
Social Media Contest 
Private Viewing of “Selma,” a film recounting Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights efforts

When/Where: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Mt. Health High School (Panel Discussion, Social 
Media Contest Results) 
Thursday, 4 p.m., Rave Theater, Harrison Avenue, Westwood (Private Screening, “Selma”)

Why: Black History Month programming

Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,700 students and offers more than 130 
associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering 
technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the 
most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.