Paisha Thomas performs her song ‘Tip the Balance’ at the Ohio Black Expo during the ‘Black Expollence’ webcast. Paisha is a singer/songwriter who currently resides in Columbus. She is originally from Piqua, Ohio.

Adam Troy receives OBE Honors Award presented during the 2020 Ohio Black Expo ‘Black Expollence’ webcast.

#ohioblackexpo – Motivational speaker, Dr. George Fraser. participated in the Ohio Black Expo back in 1993. Since then this Brooklyn native, who currently resides in Ohio (Cleveland), has continued to inspire Black people to unite for economic empowerment. At the State of Black of America Conference, he shared the African proverb “When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.” Dr. Fraser also said “There is no power in disconnection. When we connect, we prevent interlopers from coming into our communities and taking and destroying at will. We must connect the dots, that must be our movement in the 21st century. We need a lot of us doing a little, instead of a few of us doing a lot. We need to get together, to get ahead.”

#ohioblackexpo – The founder of the Ohio Black Expo, Rhonda D. Robinson, was initially inspired to create the Columbus Black Expo after successfully registering 70 plus vendors for the Columbus Black Convention in 1980.

The Columbus Black Expo was held at the Focal Point of Mt. Vernon Plaza from 1981 – 1987. After seven (7) years, realizing that the event was drawing people and vendors from all over the state, she changed the name to the Ohio Black Expo to reflect what was happening.

The first Ohio Black Expo (OBE) event took place at Veterans Memorial downtown. It was held there from 1988 through 1991, peaking at 300 exhibitors. She then decided that OBE should possibly be held in other cities in Ohio. The OBE was held in Dayton at the Dayton Convention Center in 1992. She moved it to Cincinnati, her hometown, in 1993 and 1994 at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

Save the date for the Ohio Black Expo, May 23-24, 2020 (Memorial Day Weekend). Food trucks, vendors, entertainment, exhibits, networking and more! Join thousands from around Ohio and surrounding states. The Ohio Black Expo is a statewide event in the heart of Downtown Columbus on the Scioto Mile Riverfront in Genoa Park. Come relax, enjoy and be inspired at this annual festival celebrating our culture and heritage. Watch NBC4 -WCMH interview for more information.

#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.