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Cincinnati Bar Foundation Funds Emancipation Course for Chatfield College

June 6th, 2011

With Cincinnati's rich history surrounding the flight of slaves, and as the home of the National Underground Railroad Museum, it's only fitting that students are given the opportunity to learn about the Civil Rights movement here in Cincinnati.

During the fall semester, students at Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio and at its Findlay Market location will have the opportunity to learn about this history, as well as the Civil Rights movement in Cincinnati, in a course titled, “History of the Civil Rights Movement in Greater Cincinnati.”   The class, made possible in part by a grant from the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, will be taught by Eric R. Jackson, PhD, renowned expert in African American History/Studies and American History. 

"Chatfield is excited and proud to be offering a class that shares our area's rich history of the Underground Railroad as well as its role in the Civil Rights Movement," said Dr. Roger Courts, Academic Dean.  "We are certain that students at both the St. Martin campus and the Findlay Market location will enjoy learning from Dr. Jackson and will benefit from his knowledge of history."

In conjunction with classroom study, students will visit the Freedom Center and other key sites, including The Rankin House, a safe house which was a station of the Underground Railroad.  Additionally, The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati will provide mentors to talk with African American students about key legislation in the struggle and about current opportunities in the legal profession.

Dr. Eric Jackson received his BS from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, where he graduated in 1988 with a major in American History and minors in Political Science and Afro-American Studies. After a short stint working for the Indiana General Assembly, he enrolled in the Graduate History Program at the University of Cincinnati, focusing on Early American History.  He currently teaches at Northern Kentucky University, and is an associate member of the Institute for Freedom Studies.  He is the Department of History and Geography Liaison to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Urban Center for Peace Research, Implementation, Development, and Education at the University of Cincinnati.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati.  Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.  The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH  45118.  The Cincinnati site is located at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH  45202.  For more information call 513-875-3344 or email admissions@chatfield.edu.   

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