#ohioblackexpo – Anita Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio on January 26, 1958. She was later adopted and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Once told she wouldn’t make it in the music industry, Ms. Baker went on to become one of the most sultry iconic voices of our time.

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) – On April 3, 1964, Malcolm X delivered one of his most popular speeches in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cory Methodist Church. It was called “The Ballot or the Bullet”. Nine days later, on April 12th, he delivered the speech in Detroit, Michigan. The legendary Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in New York.

#ohioblackexpo – Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872. He attended Howard University and went on to become a master poet. Dunbar died at the age of 33 in 1906 in Dayton. Over 50 schools around the nation bear his name including Dayton Dunbar High School, Dunbar high schools in Baltimore MD and Washington DC and many more.

#ohioblackexpo – Nikki Giovanni grew up in Lincoln Heights, a once thriving predominately Black community in Cincinnati. Born in Tennessee, Giovanni’s family moved to Ohio where she spent her childhood years. Nikki Giovanni attended Fisk University and became a world renown writer and poet.

 

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey was honored with a parade in Columbus, Ohio on September 25, 1923. Ohio’s own world renown artist, Aminah Robinson, memorialized the Garvey Parade in her artwork featured below.