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For more information, please call 614-466-2785 or 888-278-7101.
The Ohio Civil Rights 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, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and PNC.* 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.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is excited to announce that the nomination period for the 12th Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame has begun.
This year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on October 7, 2021 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame nomination process requires a nominator's statement of intent, three letters of support from members of the community and a summary of the nominee's accomplishments.
For more details, see the official nomination form.
Completed nominations are required to be postmarked or received by email by July 2, 2021.
Due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, it was necessary to cancel the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony that was scheduled for October 8, 2020. However, recent events demonstrate that civil rights in Ohio and our country are as important now as ever. The Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame will return to recognize and celebrate a new induction class. In the meantime, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Hall of Fame sponsors, and Governor DeWine helped to create a video to celebrate past inductees and provide inspiration for the future. To view the video, click below.
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is an equal opportunity employer; we celebrate and embrace diversity and are committed to maintaining an inclusive community.