DAYTON — On Wednesday, June 28, local authors Daniel Baker and Gwen Nalls will be on hand to discuss their book Blood in the Streets.
The book tells the historical story of how blacks and whites worked together in Dayton during America’s most violent decade. Examining the reign of terror that haunted Dayton’s west side, the former Dayton homicide detective describes the long search for a serial killer. Beth Nalls brings her perspective as a former Dayton city school student who witnessed race riots and contentious school desegregation efforts during these trying times in the 1960s.
“In recent years, there has been growing tension between some urban police departments and the public. In general, Americans are worried about urban terrorism. But we forget that neither distrust of police nor homegrown terrorism is new,” said Sue Hesselgesser, executive director of the League of Women Voters. “The authors discuss mistakes made during the period covered by this book, and lessons learned by law enforcement and citizens. The story may be 50 years old, but it is relevant today.”
Participants will enjoy a hearty German buffet and cash bar in Carillon Park’s Bier Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. Copies of the book Blood in the Street will be available for purchase.
Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, or to make reservations, please contact the League office at 937-228-4041.
The League of Women Voters has worked for 97 years to encourage active and informed participation in government, increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters is political, non-partisan and never supports a political party or candidate.