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    January 28, 2019
    Press Release
    Immediate Release
    January 25, 2019

    Meet Civil Rights Activist that marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Living History visits Pickerington Public Library
    Pickerington, Ohio –
    Mark your calendars for our upcoming Know Your Rights Day on Saturday, February 23, a day dedicated to educating and enriching our community’s knowledge of civil rights and diversity.  Meet Ron Payne, lifelong civil rights activist, and hear his story of marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama. Mr. Payne will be sharing his presentation “Don’t Be Wrong About Your Rights”. This event is also an ideal opportunity to connect with local organizations that make a difference in our community.  Some of the organizations visiting and sharing along with Mr. Payne will be: FCBDD (Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities) discussing the rights of disabled, GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) on LGBTQIA rights, Simakovsky Law discussing the rights of immigrants, and League of Women Voters, sharing rights of voters and the impact of women on Ohio Elections. This event will be held at our Pickerington Main location.
    Event organizer, Erikka Sawdey, states: “Diversity is a strength of the Pickerington community and embracing our differences can only bring us closer together. The library has always been a center of education for life-long learners and we hope these speakers will bring new information and insight to the community.” Library Director Tony Howard adds: “As an organization open to all, we hope this event will foster tolerance and understanding in our community.” Please visit pickeringtonlibrary.org for more information regarding the schedule of events.
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    Bio of Dr. Ronald Payne, “Ron,” was born at the beginning of FDR’s last term and graduated from The Ohio State University the year before President Kennedy was assassinated. A week following his college graduation, he married his High School sweetheart, Jane Kaufman, on August 26 1962, then whisked her off to their married student’s dorm apartment at The Methodist Theological in Ohio. After graduating from MTSO, Ron served Methodist Churches in Ohio as a pastor until 2008. During his seminary days Ron was among an integrated caravan of students who traveled to Selma, Alabama, to march across the bridge with Dr. MLK, Jr in March 1965. They were there the weekend that Viola Lieuzo was killed by the KKK. After decades of promoting Progressive causes during his career as pastor, in retirement Ron has volunteered as a Legislative Advocate for AARP, founder of ‘Resistance’ group in Union County and ACLU speaker. Ron and Jane live in the Village of Milford Center, Union County, Ohio.

    Colleen Bauman, Community Relations Coordinator
    (614) 837-4104 ext. 221