By Clint Combs
HEY! Hamilton! correspondent
Local NAACP leaders believe that unity is the key to a happy community.
“We divide and conquer ourselves” said Michael Reeves, local NAACP President Michael Reeves at the group’s annual meeting laste week amid concerns that multiple ethnic organizations and poor communications hinder socioeconomic progress in Hamilton.
The concerns stem from a recent event at Bailey Square on S. 2nd ST where four other events were hosted on the same day according to NAACP members. “Unity is the only way communities get together,” said Reeves.
Samy Broyles, a recent graduate of Miami University Hamilton called for a “general information center” where all ethnic organizations can host events without colluding with each other.
Bob Harris a prominent community activist cited his trip to Los Angeles as a model of possibilities for the second ward “They have people rollerblading and dog walking”. Harris said. “Second ward has some of the most valuable property.”
“This is our most diverse class, since 1999” said Hamilton City Police Chief Craig Bucheit, aftert he hiring of two women and one black male. Bucheit urged more community members to apply for personnel positions with the Hamilton Police Department. Bucheit cited several requirements for the position: must be 21 years old, have either a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license.
NAACP members were concerned about the diversity of teachers the Hamilton city school district. “How can we get professionals in Hamilton” said Miami University-Hamilton student, Ronald Goings. “Potential individuals works on endorsements to teach in other states” said Goings.
Broyles suggested that community leaders in the Second and Fourth wards should join the “17 Strong Initiative” an organization spearheaded by councilwomen Kathleen Klink in hopes of uniting residents and improving living conditions.
The next Hamilton-Fairfield-West Chester NAACP is scheduled for 6 pm, Sept. 24 at the Booker T Washington Center.