YWCA Greater Cincinnati
a history of racial justice leadership
1946 The YWCA established an interracial charter, and during the racial unrest of the 1950s, the Cincinnati YWCA cafeteria was the first and only place African Americans and whites could eat and meet together.
1975 The YWCA initiated the city-wide commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and led the way in establishing the day as a state holiday.
1996 The YWCA Board of Directors established a Racial Justice committee to support the establishment of programs to break down racial and cultural isolation, to raise awareness and to promote racial justice in the community.
2001 The annual Racial Justice Breakfast was established to provide a forum for keynote speakers who have had a national impact on landmark civil rights cases.
2007 The Rising Star Leadership Program was established for women ages 25-40 to enhance development of their leadership skills with a strong focus on racial and gender equity.
2015 Toward Equity was piloted as an innovative training program that raises the bar on eliminating racism in Cincinnati.
2016 The YWCA held the first of what was to become our annual Stand Against Racism Campaign.
2017 The YWCA partnered with the University of Cincinnati’s office of Equity & Inclusion to host the first of many racial justice film screenings and panel discussions.
2018 The YWCA was one of 19 partnering organizations to launch the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate during the annual Stand Against Racism event. YWCA Greater Cincinnati is the convener of the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate.