PROGRAM: Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio

Presented by:
Ohio Humanities
Current Initiative: Humanities and the Legacy of Race National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: African American/Black, Cross-Cultural Understanding, Digital Humanities, Gender, History, Varies Audience: All, Educators, Rural Communities

As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ initiative, Humanities and the Legacy of Race, Ohio Humanities is partnering with area nonprofits to present a series of programs examining the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio.


Ohio Humanities seeks to help Ohioans to engage in conversations about diversity and how it can both unite and divide communities. In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, Ohio Humanities created a traveling exhibit entitled “Children of Abraham” in partnership with the Cincinnati Freedom Center, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, the Edward Brueggerman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University, Bridges for a Just Community, and the University of Cincinnati. This exhibit highlights the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths, exploring the similarities and differences among these religious groups.

Now the exhibit is offered in a digital format for easy printing and posting in libraries, classrooms, houses of worship or community organizations.


Help Uncover Columbus’ Hidden Stories! Ohio Humanities and the Columbus Metropolitan Library invite those interested in capturing the stories and memories of the places where people live and have lived. Long-time Columbus residents are encouraged to come learn with the council beginning August 12, 2017 at the Columbus Main Library.

Participants will receive instructions on interviewing techniques, recording technology, and project design. Additional training and recording resources for preserving stories may be made available for selected interviews courtesy of Columbus Metropolitan Library and Ohio Humanities. After the introductory workshop on August 12, 2017, participants will be invited to attend sessions on August 17 and 24, 2017 to work on specific projects.

No previous experience is required.


The following #LegacyOhio themed-presentations are available for civic and nonprofit organizations in Ohio to host thoughtful community dialogue about the difficult issues of race and ethnicity. Each #LegacyOhio scholar uses a national and statewide framework to explore “where we’ve been, where we are” and to weigh the question, “where do we want to be?” These moderated discussions emphasize the value in recognizing the common threads that bind us all together.


  • The Community Within: African American History in Rural Ohio
  • The Jewish and Interfaith Experience in Ohio
  • Ohio’s KKK of the 1920s: Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics
  • Race, Racism, and the US Women’s Movement: From Seneca Falls to the 2017 Women’s March