Sunday, November 13, 2011

Human Relations Summit Honors Hamilton County's Racially Integrated Communities - Nov 19th!

From the Cincinnati Public Allies Listserv:

HousingOpportunities Made Equal and several community partners are hosting a forum to honor Hamilton County’s racially integrated communities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at the SpringfieldTownship Senior/Community Center, 9158 Winton Road, Finneytown. Co-sponsors for the forum are PNC Bank, the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Bridges for a Just Community, the Cincinnatus Association, and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

This Human Relations Summit spotlights 28 communities that the 2010 Census determined to have been integrated for at least 20, 30 or 40 years. As part of the morning’s program, representatives of three of those communities will share their successes and challenges in building inclusive, diverse communities. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

“Through our efforts to deal with illegal discrimination in housing, HOME often sees the worst of the worst with regard to racial conflict,” said Elizabeth Brown, executive director. “This forum allows us to celebrate those neighborhoods where whites and blacks are living side-by-side working together for the betterment of their communities, and they’ve been doing so for decades.”

As part of the recognition, HOME also partnered with Cincy Magazine to publish “Hidden Treasures,” a special publication featuring photos, quotes and descriptions to highlight the richness of each of these neighborhoods. Multiple copies of the magazine will be available at the forum and distributed by Cincy. In addition, trophies will be presented to each of the honored communities.

The forum is free, and the public is invited. For planning purposes, those wishing to attend are asked to contact Myra Calder, consumer education specialist with HOME, by phone at 513-721-4663 or by email at

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