2021 Racial Justice Breakfast

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Virtual Event


Digital Program Book

Take a look through our 2021 Racial Justice Breakfast program book to find more about our speaker, Racial Justice Honorees and community partners.

For law professionals seeking CLE Credit, this event is accredited for 0.75 hours of Professional Conduct CLE Credit  in Ohio and 0.75 hours in Kentucky.

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Our Racial Justice Honorees and Racial Justice Committee members have come together to identify some simple ways that we can work towards ending racial injustice. See below for your action items!

Sign up for YWCA Advocacy Alerts– and advocate for the elimination of policies that support segregation and for the creation of anti-segregation policies like fair housing initiatives.


Encourage others to vote to ensure adequate representation of ALL communities. You can do this by educating your friends and family on the importance of voting in ALL city, county, state, and national elections, as well as helping folks register to vote!


Participate in our Real Reads program! These conversations center around works that identify racial issues and how we can aim to fix them. Be sure to sign up to learn more about hosting or attending these deeper conversations.


Educate yourself! Easily the first step in eliminating racism, this action is also the most important. The better your understanding is about racial inequity, the better you will be able to accurately eliminate biases and create more equitable spaces for all.



ONE Thing YOU Can Do Today To Further Racial Justice

Click on the links below to hear from each Racial Justice Warrior

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A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

2021 Keynote Speaker Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. He is also the author of many other articles and books on race and education. Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.


YWCA Greater Cincinnati is proud to present the YWCA Racial Justice Awards annually to two community leaders who have dedicated their lives to racial justice and equity. We are humbled to honor these two local heroes for their service to our community.

Renee Mahaffey Harris

President/CEO, The Center for Closing the Health Gap

Renee Mahaffey Harris is a committed advocate for the underserved and marginalized populations in Greater Cincinnati and the region.  Harris leads The Health Gap in its mission to lead efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities through advocacy, education, and community outreach.  During her tenure at The Health Gap, Harris jointly implemented the City of Cincinnati’s Health in All Policy and launched several groundbreaking community-based health initiatives, including the Do Right! Campaign and the Black Women’s Health Movement, an Ohio collaboration with the national organization Black Women’s Health Imperative.

Harris served as a member of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 Minority Strike Force, as President of Ohio African American Health Disparities Coalition, as Co-Chair of the City of Cincinnati Racial Equity Taskforce, and as member of the National Council on Black Health-Subcommittee on national programs. Before joining The Health Gap, Harris served as Vice President of Community Development with PNC Bank and Director of the Greater Cincinnati Local Initiative Support Corporation.  She also worked in leadership roles with former Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown and former Congressman Charles Luken in the public sector.

Harris is the recipient of numerous awards, including UC Health’s 2021 MLK Humanitarian Award, Urban One’s National Shero Award and as a Black History Month honoree by the City of Cincinnati.


Bishop Ennis Tait

Senior Pastor and Founder of New Beginnings Church of the Living God of Avondale

Bishop Ennis Tait is a passionate leader who has been an integral part of many peace and justice organizations and programs. He leads the Positive Force movement, a grassroots comprehensive community engagement and mobilization strategy bringing civic and community leaders together to reenergize, reignite and revitalize Black and Brown communities. Through open conversations, Positive Force empowers residents to develop solutions to critical issues plaguing their communities in collaboration with community groups and resources. Under Positive Force’s banner, he will also lead Beyond Civility in its efforts to teach, demonstrate and encourage effective communication among civically active citizens holding opposing beliefs.

Bishop Tait also served as Executive Director of Project Nehemiah, a mentoring program promoting non-violence that also organized gun buyback programs, as well as vigils and prayer caravans raising awareness of homicide victims.  As President of the Faith Community Alliance, he works with faith and social service organizations to provide a conduit for communication between the community and local government.

Tait’s board service includes the Avondale Community Council, Cincinnati Branch NAACP ACT-SO, Cincinnati Preschool Promise, Cincinnati Promise Forward, UC Health Community Advisory Board, Habitat for Humanity and many others.



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Bank of America
Natasha Cavanaugh & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Christ Church Cathedral
PNC Bank
UC Health


African American Chamber of Commerce
Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
The E.W. Scripps Company
US Bank
Western & Southern Financial Group
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati


Clever Crazes for Kids
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Keating, Muething & Klekamp, PLL
Kohnen & Patton LLP
Legal Aid Society
Mount St. Joseph University
Northern Kentucky University
RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders
The Center for Closing the Health Gap
Thompson Hine LLP
Ulmer & Berne LLP
University of Cincinnati


Our hotline representatives are ready to help you.

Call our YWCA Hotline at (513) 872-9259 or our House of Peace hotline at (513) 753-7281.