A Legendary Queen from Ohio

#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.

A Taste of Black Cleveland Features 19 Black-Owned Restaurants

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#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. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

This Ohio HBCU Has Been Educating Students Since 1887

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#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

First Black Woman Elected Mayor of a U.S. Municipality is from Ohio

#ohioblackexpo Ellen Walker Craig-Jones is the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of a municipality in the United States of America. She was elected mayor in 1971 of a small predominantly Black town called Urbancrest (near the suburb Grove City) on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. MORE INFO

The Oldest African-American Owned Business in the U.S. is in Ohio

#blackexpollence (VIDEO) “Founded in 1881, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage is the oldest African-American owned business in the United States. What started as a stop on the Underground Railroad has flourished into one of the most respected and trusted moving companies in the country.” – eeward.com

Ohio’s Own: The Ohio Players

#blackexpollence The legendary Ohio Players hail out of the funk capital of music… Dayton, Ohio. They have been sampled by many music artists throughout the country. “Fire”, “Skin Tight”, “I Want To Be Free”…what’s your favorite song from the Ohio Players?

Ohio Has The Oldest Private HBCU in the Nation

#ohioblackexpo (VIDEO) Wilberforce University is the oldest, black owned and operated university in the nation. It was founded in 1856 and birthed Ohio’s other HBCU, Central State University. Both of these powerful institutions are deeply connected and located in history-rich Wilberforce, Ohio.  #blackexpollence

Ohio’s Own: 1st Black-Owned Car Manufacturer

#ohioblackexpo Frederick Douglas Patterson was the first African American to manufacture cars. He was also the first African American on the Ohio State University football team. Patterson was an entrepreneur who lived from 1871 – 1932. He was known for the Greenfield-Patterson automobile of 1915, which was constructed in Ohio. Patterson later converted his business […]

Ohio’s African-American Community

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#ohioblackexpo – Ohio’s African American community has nearly 1.7 million people. This accounts for 14.3 percent of the state’s total population.  Source: Ohio Development Services Agency