The Ohio Civil Rights Commission's Executive Director Michael Payton, Administrative Law Judge Denise Johnson and Dayton Regional Director Norman Gibson were in Charleston, West Virginia on February 25, 2016 to celebrate the 13th Annual Governor's Civil Rights Day. The event, which was organized by West Virginia's Human Rights Commission, focused on "Advancing Civil Rights Through Advocacy," and included recognition of former Ohio State University President E. Gordan Gee. OCRC Staff Members are pictured below enjoying the celebration.
OCRC Celebrates 2016 MLK Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest Award Winners at Ceremony
On February 11, 2016 staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission welcomed nearly 100 guests to a ceremony in honor of the 17 winners of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest. Winners' families, teachers and school administrators from all around the state braved the cold and icy roads to Columbus to celebrate the extraordinary work of these students. Winners were treated to remarks from Director Cynthia Dungey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and recognition from state legislators and the office of Governor John Kasich. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the OCRC Central Office for a casual lunch reception. For more information about the 2016, including the winning submissions and a photo slideshow of the ceremony, check out our 2016 MLK Contest page.
Ohio Attorney General's Office Releases New Civil Rights Reporter
The Ohio Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division has published a new issue of its Civil Rights Reporter for January 2016. This edition includes an interview with Ohio Civil Rights Commissioner William W. Patmon, III, a primer on religious accommodation in the workplace, a review of recent Ohio Civil Rights Commission decisions, and an article about what to do if a charge is filed against your small business. The Reporter also introduces two important new informational materials: “Fair Employment Guide for Business Owners” and “Fair Housing Guide for Landlords.” OCRC applauds our partners at the Attorney General's office for these great resources!
OCRC staff attend CBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
On January 29, 2016, the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) hosted the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Symposium, "Beyond Awareness: Civil Rights for All." The event included seminars on current topics in civil rights from nationally-known civil rights leaders and a lunchtime presentation from The Harmony Project. Ohio Civil Rights Commission staff were a part of the event's planning committee and attended the symposium to participate in the discourse. For more information on the event, visit the CBA's event webpage.
OCRC attends Olentangy Liberty High School research presentation
Staff members of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission were invited to attend Olentangy Liberty High School's "History vs. Hollywood" student research presentation on January 6, 2016. OCRC's Executive Director, G. Michael Payton, Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil, and Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Mary Turocy came out to support the students' research.
The research projects focused on whether the film versions of historical events or periods are accurate or fiction. Students researched several films dealing with civil rights struggles, including The Help, Selma, 42, and many more. DRO's Executive Director presented Olentangy Liberty student Sarah Fritz with a proclamation to recognize the importance of her interest in civil rights history.
Darlene Newbern, Toledo Regional Office Director, receives the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award at the State of the State
This award is given to an individual who best epitomized Reverend Shuttlesworth's commitment to social justice, civil rights and broadening opportunities for all Americans. The award and recognition are intended to express appreciation, to encourage continued efforts and to identify the recipient as an example for the many others who share the same goal. Ms. Newbern was presented the award at the 19th annual State-of-the-State Conference on March 19, 2015. She is pictured above with Chairman Hubert and Commissioners Barreras, Patmon and Roberts who honored her at the April 2nd Commission Meeting.
Former Commissioner for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and former Ohio Senator Tom Roberts was recently appointed to the Ohio Task Force on Community - Police Relations by Governor John Kasich
This Task Force was created to explore the cause of fractured relationships between communities and law enforcement, to examine strategies to strengthen trust between them in order to resolve the underlying causes of friction, and to provide Governor Kasich with a report with recommendations about best practices available to communities. To learn more about the Task Force or to view their recent meeting at Cleveland State University, please visit their website at www.ocjs.ohio.gov/otfcpr.