photo of Commissioners and the 2019 inductees of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of FameOctober 10, 2019 - 11th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and sponsors welcomed the 2019 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees at the 11th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This year, Thomas Jefferson Ferguson, Mary Hackney, Dr. Jack Hansan, Jerrie Mock, Burt Silverman, and Stanley Tolliver were inducted to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Angela Pace, Director of Community Affairs for 10TV News, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin provided the keynote address and Opera Columbus provided entertainment. For more information about this year's Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees and ceremony, click here.


Photo of Commissioner Dr. Carolyn PetersSeptember 26, 2019 - Dr. Carolyn Peters interviewed for OOD Podcast

OCRC Commissioner and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disability (OOD) Council Chair, Dr. Carolyn Peters, was interviewed about her personal journey and how she became involved with OOD. Click here to access the podcast.


Photo of OCRC staff in front of Mid-Ohio Foodbank distribution centerAugust 21, 2019 - OCRC Visits Mid-Ohio Foodbank 

To celebrate the conclusion of the state's annual Operation Feed food drive, staff from OCRC's Central and Columbus Regional Offices toured the Mid-Ohio Foodbank distribution center, offices, and food pantry.


photo: Chair Lori Barreras cuts a 60th anniversary cakeJuly 29, 2019 - OCRC Turns 60! 


Staff from OCRC's Central and Columbus Regional Offices celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the agency. The Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959 was signed into law on July 29, 1959 by Governor Michael V. DiSalle. Here's to many more years of civil rights enforcement!


Photo of PLUS program students seated in their classroomJune 13, 2019 - OCRC Presentation for PLUS Prelaw Students

OCRC Akron Regional Director Bradley Dunn presented to the University of Akron's Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program. The program supports students with diverse backgrounds who are interested in studying law. For More information, click here to visit the University of Akron PLUS Program website.


photo: a high school aged boy looks at photographs framed on the wall of the Ohio Civil Rights Commissions' officeMay 17, 2019 - OCRC and Ohio Arts Council Present Third Annual Photo Exhibit 

OCRC and the Ohio Arts Council again host a student photo exhibit in partnership with the Cleveland Print Shop and Manifest Drawing Center in Cincinnati. For more information, click here to check out the Ohio Arts Council blog.  

photo of Wright State UniversityMarch 14, 2019 - Commmission holds regular meeting at Wright State University. 

Continuing a long tradition, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission traveled to Dayton, Ohio to hold a regular commission meeting in the Student Union of Wright State University. The Commission heard arguments from parties of discrimination complaints and ruled on cases that had undergone investigation in one of the agency's five regional offices.  

January 25, 2019 - Director Payton Interviewed About MLK Symposium

Executive Director G. Michael Payton is featured in a Columbus Alive article about the Columbus Bar Association's 2019 MLK Symposium. Director Payton assists in the planning of annual event. The theme of this year's symposium is "A History of Hate." To read the article and for more information about the MLK Symposium, click here. 

Screen shot of Darlene Sweeney Newbern on CNN SegmentJanuary 16, 2019 - OCRC Featured in CNN Segment on GM Cases

OCRC Director of Regional Operations Darlene Sweeney-Newbern was interviewed for a segment on CNN's Tonight with Don Lemon. The segment discussed OCRC's Probable Cause finding against General Motors in Toledo. For more information and to see the segment, click here.

January 3, 2019 - OCRC Presents at Movie Sneak Premiere

Photo of Bradley Dunn in front of Movie PosterRegional Director Bradley S. S. Dunn provided a brief presentation on the history of sex-based discrimination at a sneak premiere of the film, <i>On the Basis of Sex</i>. The film, which is based on the early life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, was part of an event in Columbus hosted by the Ohio Bar Association, the OSBA Women in the Profession Section, the Columbus Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.