Events

2019 State Conference

Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Sheraton on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio.

The OLBC Foundation 2019 State Conference was a huge success. Our mission came alive at this State Conference and included spirited and informative discussions on a wide range of topics.

Governor Mike DeWine brought official greetings to the conference attendees. The governor committed to come into the districts of  OLBC members to determine what is working and what should be improved. The governor was followed by three outstanding panel discussions.

OLBC 2019 State Conference

Bipartisanship in the New Administration Discussion Session – Alicia Reece, Former OLBC President & Current OLBC Foundation Member Moderator, Speaker of the House Larry Householder, and Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes.


Our conference concluded with an entertaining and informative fireside chat with U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty moderated by NBC4 News Anchor Colleen Marshall. Representative Beatty discussed topics including her leadership role in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2020 presidential election, criminal justice reform, Democratic demands that Harriet Tubman’s picture be placed on the $20 bill, and financial stability.

The OLBC Foundation thanks everyone for attending the conference and we are looking forward to the 2020 Statewide Conference.  We will be developing white papers on relevant topics, hosting roundtable discussions and raising funds for college scholarships.  We hope that you will become engaged with our foundation.


News about the 2019 State Conference

Hannah News – Week In Review – Friday, June 28, 2019

“Hannah News‘ interview series with new legislators profiled Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus). She has lived through some of the same struggles as her constituents — who she makes a point of referring to as “neighbors” — and her own experiences and volunteer work motivated her to run to represent them at the Statehouse. “I am my neighbors, they are me. I don’t want them to feel like there’s a disconnect. I want them to know I serve at their will and I want to be a resource to them and bring resources to them,” Crawley said.

Their alliance was recently called “ungodly” by a fellow legislator. But more than six months into the 133rd General Assembly, House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) said their relationship continues to work and they are accomplishing more in the Ohio House, with Sykes saying she believes it is starting to rub off on other lawmakers as well. Both sat down with former Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) at the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Conference in Columbus to talk about working together and seeking bipartisanship during an hour-long question-and-answer session.”

Columbus Channel 4 – Legislative black caucus’ annual event held Friday – See full story.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty On Twitter – Go to Twitter