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Ohio Legislative Black Caucus presents proclamation to Martin Luther King, III

Social justice advocate awarded at first annual Ohio Civil Rights Symposium
April 11, 2017
Emilia Strong Sykes News

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today presented a proclamation to Martin Luther King, III at the Ohio Civil Rights Symposium for advocating for human rights and his involvement in significant policy initiatives for equitable treatment.

“I am pleased to recognize Mr. King’s achievements with my fellow legislative colleagues,” said Sykes. “His consistent message and proposed policy initiatives that promote nonviolent social change are fundamental to breaking down racial barriers. I greatly admire his dedication and hope to carry his message of equal opportunity for all to the legislature.”

This event is the first-ever Civil Rights Symposium hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation to raise awareness on the values that diversity and inclusion bring to Ohio, its workforce and transportation systems. Civil rights leaders from local businesses, government and academia will engage citizens on issues related to contracting, business development, regulatory compliance and the future of transportation.

OLBC was established to recognize and address the social needs, hopes, and aspirations of black Ohioans. The organization continues to help ensure equality for all citizens by promoting, fostering and sponsoring educational, civic and political initiatives. Its primary focus is public policy advocacy and development, as well as significant involvement in state and national electoral politics. Out of the 132 members of the Ohio General Assembly, 16 are active members of OLBC.