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“The Ohio Players” get their own street named in Dayton, Ohio.

todayJune 18, 2021

Background

On April 2, 2021, the City of Dayton and Montgomery County Trustees honored the Funk group, The Ohio Players, with their own street named Ohio Players Way. In attendance today were members of The Ohio Players along with the families of current and past band members. On June 25, 2020, TheFunkCenter staff, along with funk music enthusiast and volunteers from around the Miami Valley area, helped canvassed the street of Hillcrest Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. These volunteers wanted to see this street named after The Ohio Players. We had multiple people from all walks of life stopping by and lending their support in their car’s by blowing their horns, giving thumbs up in support of this great effort. In attendance where; Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Willis of First Baptist Church of Ridgewood Heights, (the brother of Clarence “Chet” Willis of The Ohio Players), David R.Webb, President & CEO of The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center bka “TheFunkCenter,” Keith Jenkins, President of The Oniru Group, were the organizers for this event. Thanks to Mr. Kenneth Marcellus, of the City of Dayton who gave us information on how to canvas for signatures for this petition. This endeavor will be ongoing. This is a great historical moment that will go down in music archive for Dayton Ohio! Big Kudos goes out to the volunteers for their hard work, who came out to give their time and effort for soliciting signatures from homeowners, during this Pandemic crisis!

With thanks to https://www.thefunkcenter.org

 

Written by: Robbie

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