#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.
#ohioblackexpo – Martin Luther King Jr. visited Ohio on numerous occasions. In 1958, Dr. King spoke at Central State University for a commencement address with his Alpha brother Dr. Charles H. Wesley (CSU president). On June 9, 1965, MLK Jr. encouraged graduates of Wilberforce University to combat racial injustice, poverty and war.
#ohioblackexpo Coretta Scott King attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Mrs. King graduated in 1951 and married Dr. King in 1953. In 1965, Coretta returned to Yellow Springs with her husband Martin as he delivered a keynote speech at Antioch’s graduation ceremony.
#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.
- Columbus Airport Marriott
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus
- Columbus Marriott Northwest
- Cincinnati Marriott North
- Cincinnati Marriott Northeast
- Cleveland Marriott East