#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) Ujamaa (cooperative economics) is a lifestyle, a way of life. We salute those who are consistently and intentionally ‘Buying Black’ and ‘Banking Black’. We Buy Black and OneUnited Bank are two examples of how we can practice the powerful principle of Ujamaa.

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) Dr. Frank W. Hale Jr. was a dynamic individual and tremendous force at Ohio State University. In 1989, the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center was established in the heart of the OSU campus. Over the years, the center has served and been a major focal point for African American students on campus. Frank W. Hale, an HBCU grad from Oakwood University, strongly advocated for black and brown students. Dr. Hale was Vice Provost for the Office of Minority Affairs, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Special Assistant to the President at the Ohio State University.

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) Much respect to the community of Trotwood. Two (2) state championships and a devastating tornado all in one year. In March, Trotwood-Madison won their first ever Ohio Division 2 State Basketball Championship against Columbus South 77-73. In late May, a powerful EF4 tornado ripped through Trotwood (a predominantly Black suburb northwest of Dayton) damaging over 1,000 properties. Despite the hardship, students, parents and the entire community persevered. In early December, Trotwood-Madison closed out the year and won their third state championship title in football by beating Mansfield Senior in overtime 14-7.

#ohioblackexpo According to the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), there are six (6) majority Black-owned hotels in Ohio. Three are located in Columbus, two in Cincinnati and one in Cleveland.

  1. Columbus Airport Marriott
  2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus
  3. Columbus Marriott Northwest
  4. Cincinnati Marriott North
  5. Cincinnati Marriott Northeast
  6. Cleveland Marriott East



Total by County: African-American Population

1. Cuyahoga (Cleveland) – 398,027
2. Franklin (Columbus) – 337,261
3. Hamilton (Cincinnati) – 231,144
4. Montgomery (Dayton) – 123,419
5. Lucas (Toledo) – 97,192
6. Summit (Akron) – 90,178
7. Mahoning (Youngstown) – 40,608
8. Butler (Middletown/Hamilton) – 39,954
9. Stark (Canton) – 36,580

Percent of County: African-American Population

1. Cuyahoga (Cleveland) – 32.0%
2. Hamilton (Cincinnati) – 28.3%
3. Franklin (Columbus) – 25.7%
4. Montgomery (Dayton) – 23.2%
5. Lucas (Toledo) – 22.6%
6. Mahoning (Youngstown) – 17.7%
7. Summit (Akron) – 16.6%
8. Allen (Lima) – 15.0%
9. Erie (Sandusky) – 11.2%

Source: Ohio Development Services Agency (2018)

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio (near Cleveland) in 1931. She graduated from Howard and Cornell University. She taught at Texas Southern and Howard University. Toni Morrison was a prolific writer and a literary giant. Her powerful words continue to live on.

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) The Real Black Friday, Black Box Fix and Pearl Catering are encouraging people to check out Black restaurants in Cleveland. Throughout the week, 19 black-owned eateries are being featured during the 2019 Black Restaurant Week.


#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) For 132 years, Central State University has educated thousands of students from Ohio and beyond. Since 1887, Central State has remained a force within Ohio’s African-American community. #blackexpollence

See how you can help carry on tradition and give the ‘gift of education’ MORE INFO HERE

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) LeBron James continues to be a force on and off the basketball court. In recent years, LeBron has opened a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio; committed to providing full ride college scholarships for hundreds of students; and provided housing assistance for families in need.