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On behalf of our Commissioners and staff,
I welcome you to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's website.
Our informational video will help you understand
the services offered by the OCRC.
I invite you to contact us if we can be of assistance to you.
G. Michael Payton, Executive Director
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Welcomes
Commissioner Lori Barreras to the OCRC Family
Lori Barreras was appointed by Governor John Kasich as Commissioner of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on October 31, 2013 to a term expiring July 29, 2018. On November 14, 2013, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, Algenon L. Marbley administered the oath of office at the commission’s Central Office. Commissioner Barreras joins Chairman Leonard Hubert, Commissioners Stephanie Mercado, Tom Roberts and William W. Patmon III on the five-member board. The Commissioners meet regularly to discuss civil rights policy and rule on recommendations from the OCRC’s five regional offices regarding charges and investigations of alleged discrimination.
Announcing the 5th Annual Civil Rights
Hall of Fame
Congratulations to our 2013 Honorees!
Alexander "Sandy" Spater (Granville, Ohio)
Anison James Colbert (Xenia, Ohio)
Charles O. Ross (1934-2013)
Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Doby (1923-2003)
Marjorie Parham (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Pastor Robert Lee Harris (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Sara J. Harper (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Hall of Fame was created in 2009 through the collaborative efforts of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Wright State University and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Civil Rights Hall of Fame seeks to acknowledge outstanding Ohioans who are recognized as pioneers in human and civil rights and who have advanced the goals of equality and inclusion. Inductees of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame are individuals who have made significant contributions in support of civil rights, cultural awareness and understanding in furtherance of a more just society.
Chairman Leonard Hubert leads Statehouse Ceremony
"Let Freedom Ring" Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March
on Washington and MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Executive Director G. Michael Payton honored with the
Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award
Archie Griffin, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Executive Director, G. Michael Payton and E. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University
Executive Director, G. Michael Payton was one of two 2013 recipients of the Alumni in Government Distinguished Service Award. He was recently honored during a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium for his long-standing, extraordinary service to Ohio and for exemplifying Ohio State’s motto: Education for Citizenship. Director Payton received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1979 from The Ohio State University's School of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Congratulations Director Payton!