Ohio NAACP president to speak on civil rights struggle today

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Mrs. Sybil Edwards-McNabb to present at 40th Annual Norman Thomas Lecture

The Ohio State University at Marion welcomes Mrs. Sybil Edwards-McNabb, president of the Ohio NAACP, as this year's speaker for the 40th Annual Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture, Tuesday, May 1, 12 noon, 1 p.m. in the Guthery Community Room, Maynard Hall at Ohio State Marion. 

Mrs. Edwards-McNabb will present a talk entitled, "The Civil Rights Struggle Today."  She will discuss the current state of the civil rights struggle as we approach the fiftieth anniversary of some of the most significant milestones in the fight for racial and social justice.  In the context of escalating instances of hate crimes and the controversial killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Florida by a neighborhood watch captain, the question of racial profiling and racism has been forced to the top of national conversations about the state of race relations and equality in the United States. Those questions have even become part of the national political dialogue since the country elected its first African-American President in 2008.  Mrs. Edwards-McNabb will provide historical and contemporary context for those issues, as well as offering an assessment of where the struggle goes from here.

Edwards-McNabb was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Columbus East High School.  She attended Central State University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Science from The Ohio State University.  She later attended graduate school at Central Michigan University, majoring in supervision and personnel management.  During her professional career, she was employed by the U.S. Department of Defense for over 25 years, where she served as a program analyst, contract assistant, editor, personnel security assistant, and research assistant.

She is the wife of Ronald B. McNabb and the mother of two daughters, Truphelia Parker and Tuwanda Sherman-Cole (deceased), and proud grandmother to two grandsons.  McNabb and her husband are also the proprietors of McNabb Funeral Home, one of the city of Columbus’s first minority owned businesses.

Edwards-McNabb is very active in the Northside Deliverance Church of God, which was founded by her mother, Margaret Lee Edwards and was pastored by her sister L’Tanya Lemon up until her untimely death.   She is the head of the church care and comfort ministry, a member of the church’s woman to woman organization, and she takes an active role in the church food pantry.

Since 1972, The Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture has been delivered annually at the Marion Campus of The Ohio State University.  It is presented by the Ohio State Marion Honors Program.  Lecturers are chosen from a wide variety of fields; historians, labor leaders, educators, editors, and authors have spoken during the series. All lecturers invited to speak have demonstrated concerns similar to those for which Norman Thomas lived—peace, social justice, rational discourse, and the expansion of democracy.

The Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public.