Central State University celebrates 126th Charter Day Convocation

Update:  3/1//2013 4:16 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Contact: Gayle Barge, gbarge@centralstate.edu (937) 376-6216

Edwina Harris, eharris@centralstate.edu (937) 376-6198

For Immediate Release


WILBERFORCE, OH – Noted civil rights activists David Myers and Winona

Beemer Myers, ‘67 will deliver the keynote address at Central State University’s 126th

Charter Day Convocation on March 5 at 10 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Cultural and

Performing Arts Center auditorium.

Four distinguished gradutes to be inducted into Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame:

Darryl T. Owens, ’59

Kenneth S. Hudson, ’61 (posthumously)

Mildred C. Joyner, ’71

Shirley L. Mays, ’76.

During the summer of 1961, David and Winona Myers joined over 400 civil rights

activists called the Freedom Riders who traveled together into the South often escorted

across state lines by federal troops and law enforcement officials. Both of the Myers

were arrested and served lengthy sentences. David spent 22 days in the Jackson City

Jail and Mississippi’s Parchman State Penitentiary. Of nearly 400 activists jailed during

that summer, it is believed that Winona, then age 19, served the longest sentence at the

Parchman prison from June 11th to December 25th. Oprah Winfrey recognized David

Myers as an American hero during a special segment dedicated to the Freedom Riders.

The Myers will share their experiences during the Convocation which honors the

establishment 126-years ago of the state-sponsored Combined Normal and Industrial

Department at Wilberforce University, which later became Central State University and

a member of the University System of Ohio.

The four distinguished graduates who will be inducted in the Alumni Achievement

Hall of Fame are:

Darryl T. Owens, ’59 – State Representative for the 43rd District in Louisville, KY,

former Jefferson County Fiscal Court commissioner and assistant attorney

general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kenneth S. Hudson, ’61 – (Posthumously) Former National Basketball

Association referee, corporate executive at Coca Cola and vice president of

community affairs for the Boston Celtics organization.

Mildred C. Joyner, ’71 – Current president of the Council on Social Work

Education, US representative to the International Association of Schools of

Social Work and member of the DNB First community bank board of directors.

Shirley L. Mays, ’76 – Dean of the Phoenix School of Law, former Ohio Supreme

Court clerk to Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Associate Dean for Academic

Affairs at the Capital University Law School.

The annual Charter Day Convocation affirms the important contributions of

Central State University locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

About Central State University

Founded in 1887, Central State University academically prepares students with diverse

backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly

complex and rapidly changing world.


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