Each February, Black History Month raises awareness about the significant portion of the American story that African Americans have authored. From science and business to literature, the arts and public service, Black History Month highlights the struggles and triumphs of our nation.


Despite the real progress in the march toward equality and opportunity for all, challenges remain. Black Ohioans are paid less, are more likely to be unemployed and have higher rates of infant mortality and incarceration than their white counterparts.1


According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, nearly 33 percent of black Ohioans live in poverty, double the state’s overall rate.2 In addition, black high school students have a lower graduation rate than their peers, at 61 percent compared to the state average of 81 percent.3


Still, the number of black-owned businesses in Ohio is at an all-time high,4 and people across the state are coming together to speak out against systems of injustice and oppression that make it hard for people to find work, access healthcare, get an education and end violence in neighborhoods. By listening to each other and investing in a stronger state, we can come together to address many of the critical issues facing our communities—not only during Black History Month, but every month of the year.


 


 


Sources:


1 http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180113/mlk-preached-equality-but-it-eludes-many-black-ohioans


2 The Ohio Poverty Report. Ohio Development Services Agency, Feb 2017.


3 http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-high-school-graduation-rates-by-race-ethnicity.html


4 https://development.ohio.gov/files/research/P7003.pdf


 


 


 

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Clyde Commemorates 53rd Anniversary Of VRA With Voting Facts For Tomorrow's Special Congressional Election

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a statement commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and putting out information on frequently asked voting questions in advance of tomorrow’s August 7 special congressional election in central Ohio.



 
 

Clyde Statement On Court Order Reinstating Voting Rights For Purged Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a statement following a recent federal court order requiring Secretary Husted to issue a directive reinstating the “APRI exception.” The court-ordered directive will require purged voters’ ballots to be counted in the upcoming central Ohio congressional race that will occur next Tuesday, August 7. 



 
 

Ashford's Bipartisan Predatory Lending Reform Bill To Become Law

 

State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo), a joint sponsor of House Bill 123, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Kasich’s signing of the bill to crack down on predatory short-term lenders in Ohio:



 
 

With Fair Season In Full Swing, Amusement Ride Safety Protections Linger At Ohio Statehouse

 

As summer heats up and families flock to fairs and festivals, including the Ohio State Fair which opened this week, beefed up safety standards for amusement rides sit dormant in the Ohio House.

After last year’s Fireball amusement ride failure at the Ohio State Fair tragically claimed the life of Tyler Jarrell and sent seven others to the hospital with serious injuries, state Rep. John Patterson’s (D-Jefferson) attention turned to ensuring such a tragedy never takes place in Ohio again.