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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission welcomes Madhu Singh to our Board of Commissioners.  Commissioner Singh was appointed by Governor John Kasich on June 12, 2015 to a term expiring July 28, 2019.  Welcome to the OCRC family!


Click here to read the Opponent Testimony of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to House Bill 149 - House Financial Institutions, Housing & Urban Development Committee - May 20, 2015


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 


OCRC staff help plan CBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

On January 29, 2016, the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) will host the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Symposium, "Beyond Awareness: Civil Rights for All." The event will include seminars on current topics in civil rights from nationally-known civil rights leaders and a lunchtime presentation from The Harmony ProjectOhio Civil Rights Commission staff were a part of the event's planning committee and will attend the symposium to participate in the discourse.  For more information on the event, including available CLE credits, pricing, and how to register, visit the CBA's event webpage.


OCRC attends Olentangy Liberty High School research presentation.

Staff members of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission were invited to attend Olentangy Liberty High School's "History vs. Hollywood" student research presentation on January 6, 2016. OCRC's Executive Director, G. Michael Payton, Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil, and Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Mary Turocy came out to support the students' research. 

The research projects focused on whether the film versions of historical events or periods are accurate or fiction. Students researched several films dealing with civil rights struggles, including The Help, Selma, 42, and many more. DRO's Executive Director presented Olentangy Liberty student Sarah Fritz with a proclamation to recognize the importance of her interest in civil rights history. 

Photo of OCRC Executive Staff members standing with Olentangy Liberty High Student photo of History vs. Hollywood room and crowd


The entry period for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest is closed. Thank you for your submissions! 

This year's awards ceremony will be held on February 11, 2016 in Columbus, OH. This year's winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info on the 2016 MLK Contest, click here.



Darlene Newbern, Toledo Regional Office Director, receives the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award at the State of the State

This award is given to an individual who best epitomized Reverend Shuttlesworth's commitment to social justice, civil rights and broadening opportunities for all Americans.  The award and recognition are intended to express appreciation, to encourage continued efforts and to identify the recipient as an example for the many others who share the same goal.  Ms. Newbern was presented the award at the 19th annual State-of-the-State Conference on March 19, 2015.  She is pictured above with Chairman Hubert and Commissioners Barreras, Patmon and Roberts who honored her at the April 2nd Commission Meeting



Former Commissioner for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and former Ohio Senator Tom Roberts was recently appointed to the Ohio Task Force on Community - Police Relations by Governor John Kasich

This Task Force was created to explore the cause of fractured relationships between communities and law enforcement, to examine strategies to strengthen trust between them in order to resolve the underlying causes of friction, and to provide Governor Kasich with a report with recommendations about best practices available to communities.  To learn more about the Task Force or to view their recent meeting at Cleveland State University, please visit their website at www.ocjs.ohio.gov/otfcpr