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Great Living Cincinnatians 2015
Cincinnati State Upward Bound Social Justice
Seminar and Social Media Contest
Annually, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber presents
Great Living Cincinnatians Award to honor selected
leaders who have made immeasurable contributions to the
community.  Recipients, chosen based on community
service, business and civic attainment, leadership,
awareness of the needs of others and distinctive
accomplishments, has numbered 139 honorees since 1967.

This year, four more Great Living Cincinnatians join the
list of honorees and were honored at the Chamber’s
Annual Dinner, “A Celebration of Legacy and Leadership”,
in February.  The Class of 2015 honorees: Buddy LaRosa,
Thomas "Tom" Wilburn, Jr., Vickie Buyniski Gluckman
and Herb Brown.

“The countless contributions being made by leaders like
these are what make our community such a unique and
desirable place to be,” said Brian Carley, President and
CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “They may
come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests,
but they all act in a selfless manner solely for the
betterment of our region.

High-fives to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and
congrats to the 2015 honorees!
Date posted: March 1, 2015

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Cincinnati State Upward Bound students participated in a
Social Justice seminar at Mt. Healthy High School which
included a panel discussion about civil rights and social
justice and a private showing of the movie “Selma”.  Both
events, along with a Student Social Media Contest, were
part of a Black History Month Project organized by the
Upward Bound program at Cincinnati State, which has a
longstanding relationship with Mt. Healthy High School.

The social media contest and the movie outing were
sponsored by The Cochran Firm, a national law firm
founded by the late Johnnie Cochran that has offices in
Cincinnati.  Attorney Anita Washington, a partner in The
Cochran Firm of Ohio and 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, gave a talk and led a panel
discussion regarding overcoming obstacles as a college
      (left - right)   The Great Living Cincinnatians Class of 2015 Honorees:
      Thomas "Tom" Wilburn, Jr.;  Buddy LaRosa;  Vickie Buyniski Gluckman;
       and Herb Brown.                                         
            Photo | Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
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     (left - right):  essay winner Cheyenne Moore, attorney Anita Washington, essay
      winner Rayelle Smith, Justine Clark-Lomax from the Cincinnati State Upward
      Bound program, and essay winner Kayla Stamper.                     
 Photo | Cincinnati State
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
announced the contest winners of
Picture Freedom, a
nationwide student art competition that challenged
students to create works of art that capture the many forms
of freedom and equality.  
Picture Freedom, sponsored by
Toyota, Macy’s and ArtsWave, encouraged students to
explore what freedom and equality means to them and to
express that through works of art.

“The sacrifices of those who stood up for equality paved the
path for others to follow,” said Jasmyne Leigh Laguna,
Picture Freedom grand prize winner from Tucson, Arizona.  
“… We, as a nation, have come a long way, but we still have a
long way to go before we can keep moving forward as a
community, walking hand in hand with our heads held high.”
Picture Freedom Contest Winners
The top three winners and their artwork were unveiled at a reception:

  • Walking Hand in Hand by Jasmyne Leigh Laguna (Sonoran Science Academy, 12th Grade, Tucson, Arizona), Grand Prize Winner;
  • Dreams and Nightmares by Cheyenne Martin (Doss High School, 12th Grade, Louisville, Kentucky), First Place; and
  • Free Will by Rahzizi Ishakarah (Power APAC School, 11th Grade, Jackson, Mississippi), Second Place Winner

The artwork of the top three winners and twelve student finalist works will be featured in a new exhibition at the National
Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrating its 10th anniversary and the nation’s 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of
1965.  The
Picture Freedom opening reception on March 7 is free and open to the public. Visit freedomcenter.org for more information
on this and other 10th anniversary programming.

High-fives National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and congrats to the
Picture Freedom top winners and finalists!
student, single parenting and her own experience as a black female lawyer during the Social Justice seminar at Mt. Healthy High School.

The law firm also sponsored a Social Justice essay contest and awarded three prizes of $50 gift cards to essay winners:  Cheyenne
Moore, Rayelle Smith, Justine, and Kayla Stamper.

High-fives The Cochran Firm of Ohio, Cincinnati State Upward Bound, contest winners and students at Mt. Healthy High School!