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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
8 East Long Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, Ohio 43215


September 27, 2004

Contact: Leslie Paull
(614) 466-5205 or (800) 766-7426

Participants in Civil Rights Movement May Tell Their Stories

On September 28, the Voices of Civil Rights Bus Tour of volunteers, award-winning journalists, photographers, and videographers will arrive in Columbus and be at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour started its trek in Washington, D.C., on August 3 and is visiting cities across the nation, finishing October 11.

In each city, the volunteers interview people who participated in the nation’s civil rights movement. The first-hand accounts they gather will be catalogued and held in the Library of Congress. Some stories may be used in a documentary on The History Channel in February 2005. September 28 participants will enjoy entertainment, dramatic readings from civil rights stories, free barbecue and beverages and guest speakers.

In announcing the Columbus schedule, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) urges people with disabilities to participate. Voices of Civil Rights wants personal stories on a wide range of civil rights issues.

The AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights want to make sure that detailed, compelling narratives survive the civil rights movement’s aging participants. So they are creating a permanent, comprehensive archive. The archive also will appear online at http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org. People may add their stories just by visiting the website, too. Voices of Civil Rights says, “We are looking for previously unpublished personal accounts from those who witnessed or were a part of America’s civil rights experience.”

The journalists, photographers and videographers will document people and special events that are part of the tour. The History Channel is filming the Voices of Civil Rights Bus Tour. Their work will culminate with a one-hour documentary about this 70-day odyssey, scheduled to air in February 2005. To see some of the footage, go online to http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org/bustour/bus.asp?page=video.html.

The ODDC is one of a national network of state councils committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. ODDC receives federal funding to help carry out its mission of developing new and better ways of advocating, increasing capacities to assist people, and making needed changes to systems. ODDC consists of members appointed by the Governor.

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