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Dr. King’s Legacy

Two children in the march for Martin Luther King

Marching for MLK: Max Banaszak Moore, left, and Tyson Housch.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Two children in the march for Martin Luther King

Faith Patterson, founder
and president of the AACW.(photo:
Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Singing freedom songs and carrying banners, hundreds of Yellow Springs residents marched through downtown on January 17 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march and the program that followed at the Central Chapel AME Church were organized by the African American Cross-Cultural Works and Antioch College.

College Trustee Prexy Nesbitt ’67 delivered a keynote speech in which he discussed his life as an activist. He also praised the young people who received Spirit of Courage Awards from the AACW as “the greatest hopes that we have.”

“It’s not just their values,” he said of the youth, “it’s their culture, it’s their energy, it’s their strength.”

The day began at the Coretta Scott King Center, where villagers and College staff gathered for tea and association. After the march through the village, alumna Heather Holland ’99 read original poetry as a lead-in to Nesbitt’s talk.

A marcher wearing a jacket with an image of Martin Luther King Jr.

A fanciful jacket warms a marcher.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Young Girl Holding a poster of Martin Luther King Junior

Evening Hudson holds an iconic image.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

 


Place of Honor

Earth Island Institute's John Knox ’68 and new Board Tempore member David Goodman ’69 at the January 20th Friday Forum

Earth Island Institute's John Knox ’68 and new Board Tempore member David Goodman ’69 at the
January 20th Friday Forum.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Just as the Office of Admission began notifying the first applicants to Antioch College of their status, President Mark Roosevelt announced that those who enter the College this fall will have a special place of honor as Horace Mann Fellows.

The Board Pro Tempore authorized the creation of the fellowship in January as a response to the extensive interest in Antioch College’s reopening. A competitive award package, the fellowship comes with full-tuition scholarships for all four years, the opportunity of a mentorship, and the possibility of additional scholarship to cover room, board, and fees.

Fellows will work with members of the College faculty and staff to design the infrastructure for a shared governance system; they will have a voice as advisors to the president, Mark Roosevelt, himself an education reformer, teacher, and political activist.

The fellowship gets its name from Antioch College’s first president, who, in his final address as president of the College, gave Antioch its enduring mission: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Her appearance at the summer Reunion was not as Washington insider, she said, but as a member of the class of 1960.


Town-Gown Relations

Al Denman

Al Denman, chair of the Task Force on Community
and Community Governance, moderated the forum
on town-gown relations.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Villagers and College representatives gathered in the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom in January to engage in a spirited conversation about the relationship between the re-emerging Antioch and the village that’s been its home since 1853.

From establishing a “chamber of ideas” to exploring innovative ways to sustainable living, the two-hour dialogue was moderated by Al Denman, chair of the task force advising the College president on community and community governance.

Tony Dallas, villager, recalled that Arthur Morgan’s original intent was to create a community first, and then the College “fell in his lap.” What grew from there was a collaborative Shakespeare festival and a lively theater community, which could be revived in an even bigger way today by connecting the local community to all the universities in the area. (Supplemented with reporting from the Yellow Springs News.)


Work Ethic

Joe Foley ’64 and Garrett Miller ’11

Joe foley ’64 and Garrett Miller ’11.(photo: Dennie Eagleson ’71)

Joe Foley ’64 and Garrett Miller ’11, regular attendees of campus work projects. Foley and Miller joined a dozen other volunteers in January to set up the Volunteers for Antioch Maintenance workshop in the former Maples fire station. VAMP continues a long tradition of work projects that go back to the 1950s, when freshmen participated in orientation work projects. Since 1986, Work Project has been a regular feature of Reunion. Last fall, a group of dedicated alumni got together to create VAMP, which now organizes monthly projects to ready campus for the fall arrival of students.


New Trustees

The Antioch College Board Pro Tempore voted recently to elect businessmen and philanthropists Gregory M. Avis and David Goodman ’69 as new trustees of the College.

Goodman is a principal of North Arrows LLC, which specializes in power and energy investments. He is also a founding partner and principal of e-Solar Properties LLC and the president of The Andrew Goodman Foundation for Human Dignity and Civil Rights. The nonprofit is named in honor of his older brother Andrew, who, with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan on June 21, 1964, while pursuing voter registration for African Americans in Mississippi. After earning a degree in civil engineering at Antioch College, Goodman earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1971.

Avis cofounded Summit Partners in 1984. Prior to Summit, he worked for McDonald & Company and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Chair of the Williams College Board of Trustees, Avis serves on the boards of the James Irvine Foundation, New Profit, and ARTSTOR. Avis teaches mathematics at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto. He holds a BA in political economy from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Future of Education

Deborah Meier ’66

Deborah Meier ’66

Shadia Alvarez ’96

Shadia Alvarez ’96

MacArthur Genius Award winner Deborah Meier ’66 joined fellow alumna Shadia Alvarez ’96 for a discussion about progressive K-12 education on Saturday, February 12, in South Hall’s Herndon Gallery.

Meier has authored six influential books on progressive education. A 40-year veteran teacher, she is a 1987 MacArthur Genius Award winner and the recipient of innumerable honors. Although “retired,” she continues to write, blog, and lecture about schooling and democracy. Alvarez is the assistant principal at the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx. She has plans to launch an Antioch-influenced high school in New York City in 2013.

Their visit was part of a series titled “The Future of Education,” a partnership between the Morgan Fellows at Antioch College and the Yellow Springs schools to stimulate new and innovative thinking about the future of education in Yellow Springs. The series is a major component of the Class of 2020 Initiative, a process to create a strategic plan for the public schools.

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, the former superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, will discuss his experiences in K–12 education on March 5.