Can the police build trust, respect, and communication with the black community in Cincinnati? Or, will the black community continue to fear the police as the face of an unjust and oppressive system?

The three government panelists and the three civil rights panelists were poles apart at The Enquirer’s community forum, “Police and the Black Community, One Year After Sam Dubose’s Death,” July 14 at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Roselawn. Some in the audience of several hundred were angry, sometimes jeering or shouting over panelists to express their views.

On July 17, 1944, when the war in the Pacific was raging, 320 sailors and civilians died instantly and 390 were injured at a naval base north of San Francisco when 5,000 tons of munitions–including 1,000-pound aerial bombs, 40 mm artillery shells, incendiary and fragmentation bombs, and anti-submarine depth charges–exploded while being loaded onto transport ships.

The blast registered 3.4 on the Richter scale and could be felt 450 miles away. The explosion was the worst stateside disaster of World War II.

Most of the dead and wounded sailors were African-American enlisted men. They accounted for 15 percent of all African-American naval casualties during the war.

By Paul Breidenbach, pbreidenbach.c4ad@gmail.com

C4AD spoke to Aaron Sojourner, labor economist with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, about current research on the economic impact of investment in early childhood education.

Sojourner’s research focuses on the development of human potential through early childhood and K-12 education, labor-market institutions, and behavorial consumer finance. He authored a study that shows significant and lasting benefits from high-quality intervention from infancy to age 3. He is a member of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle-to-K Cabinet.  

By Mike Brown, mbrown.c4ad@gmail.com

About 270 children in grades K-8, nearly all African-American children from disadvantaged backgrounds, will need to find another school next year. Their charter school, CSR Academy, closed to students on May 27 after 11 years of operation near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

“A sad day,” said the principal, Kieli Ferguson, who would greet each arriving student by name and sent them home at the end of the day with a thumbs up.

“Our families would say their children receive love here,” said Ferguson. “That’s the culture we wanted to foster.”

A loving environment or not, CSR Academy may be the type of low-performing school that state legislators envisioned closing when they passed major charter school reform legislation in 2015, known as House Bill 2.