Amaha Sellassie on the old guard’s last stand, the power of people and the Above Ground Railroad

Dayton View resident Amaha Sellassie is Daytonian of the Week (Photo submitted)

Credit: Submitted by Amaha Sellassie

Credit: Submitted by Amaha Sellassie

Don’t believe in the power of people?

Chances are you will after listening to "What Had Happened Was" podcast host Amelia Robinson's chat with Dayton social healer, community activist and sociologist Amaha Sellassie of Sinclair Community College.

>> RELATED: Amaha Sellassie Daytonian of the Week

The pair recorded this episode long before the coronavirus crisis drove people into their homes and threatened our very society, but it is a message that the community needs now.

Dayton View resident Amaha Sellassie is Daytonian of the Week (Photo submitted)

Credit: Submitted by Amaha Sellassie

Credit: Submitted by Amaha Sellassie

Amelia and Amaha, a leading force behind the Gem City Market, the West Dayton Strong campaign and other community initiatives, talk about the strength that helped Dayton through the tragedies of 2019 — the tornadoes, the mass shooting, the KKK rally, etc. — and which will surely be needed in the coming days.

>> Meet Amaha Sellassie ad Dayton’s other 2019 ‘Top 10 African-American Men’ of the year

Amaha explains the Above Ground Railroad, redlining’s impact on this city and why he believes in the power of people even when times are tough.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for the Gem City Market. Left to right: Kenya Baker, Gem City Market Community Engagement Director; Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market Board President; Corinne Sanders, Gem City Market Community Engagement Coordinator

Credit: Rachel DB

Credit: Rachel DB

ABOUT THE PODCAST

"What Had Happened Was" is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com and recorded in the DATV studios. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio.

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