Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Cincinnati youth to partake in racial diversity rally

By Michael D. Clark, mclark@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The real-life inspirations for the Hollywood hit Remember the Titans will help lead the racial diversity youth rally planned this month for Cincinnati.

        The former high school football coaches — one African-American and the other white — whose stories of racial reconciliation were depicted in the movie starring Denzel Washington — will speak at the April 17 rally at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

        “Every kid in America should see that movie for the message it sends,” said Gregg Darbyshire, executive director of the Anthony Munoz Foundation. “Having the coaches involved is really something special.”

        Sponsored by the Munoz Foundation, the rally will involve 400 Greater Cincinnati students from 35 high schools who will hear first-hand about the experiences of the former coaches — Herman Boone and Bill Yoast. Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken will give the opening address at the rally.

        Students at the rally, who will view and discuss the movie, also will discuss racial issues and participate in an ambassador program designed to help their schools deal effectively with racial issues.

        “Mayor Luken and area corporations want to make a difference. This is something that can help heal the city,” Mr. Darbyshire said.


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