About Us

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Foundation’s mission is to advance Ohio’s Black community through educational research, developing community leaders, facilitating public policy development, analyzing issues of social and economic importance to include, but not limited to, the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the public and private sector.

The Foundation Board is comprised of former members of the Ohio General Assembly and community leaders.  Board members are:  Sylvester Patton, President, Christie Kuhns, Derrick Clay, Tracy Maxwell Heard, Barbara Sykes and Petee Talley.


The State of Black Ohio

The OLBC Foundation’s goal is to be the pre-eminent hub for non-partisan analysis of the impact of public policy on Ohio’s African American community.  The Foundation is developing plans to convene policy community leaders and leading public policy analysts to produce “The State of Black Ohio,” a descriptive and prescriptive policy document that will identify the salient concerns of Ohio’s African American Community and identify policy solutions to those concerns.  The State of Black Ohio will be used to educate the public and elected officials on the most important public policy issues within the African American community.


Developing the Bench

OLBC Foundation will train the next generation of Black leadership in Ohio through annual training seminars.  These seminars will encompass a variety of topics including ethics, legislation, wealth building and campaign training.  These seminars will include Ohio based leaders as well as national trainers to provide guidance to the next generation of Black leaders.


Investing in the Next Generation

The Foundation will relaunch its scholarship program in 2019.  The scholarship will provide financial assistance to college students of color across Ohio who are pursuing majors in political science or public policy.  These students will be invited to attend the Foundation’s training seminars, annual conventions, and to participate in documenting the State of Black Ohio.


A Historical Perspective

OLBC Foundation will preserve Ohio’s African American legacy by investing in and promoting historical archives of Black political, community, and business leadership. This work will include investments in existing historical resources as well as cataloging the narratives of our living history and their relatives to preserve the oral and visual history of the Black experience in Ohio.  This includes supporting an endowment at the National Black History Museum in Wilberforce.


Investing in the Foundation

Your financial support will enhance our programs. We are continuously seeking efforts to collaborate with groups that are aligned with the foundation’s mission. We thank you for your help and hope that you will continue to support the important work of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.