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The Ohio Coalition on Black Civic Participation, (Ohio Unity Coalition) is a state affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation in Washington DC. OUC is incorporated as a is a 501c-3 organization in Ohio. Our chief aim is to increase political literacy and civic engagement in black and under-served communities while building capacity in our member organizations and communities we serve. The variety of voter contact /voter service mechanisms we utilize range from registration, education, mobilization, and protection to issue advocacy around issues specific to black Ohioans.

Ohio Unity Coalition (OUC) is a diverse network of alliances and institutions whose constituencies consist of labor, civil rights, black Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities, grassroots community organizations, and Masonic and faith organizations. The coalition presently consists of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Region 5-Ohio, Ohio chapter A. Philip Randolph Institute, Ohio State Conference NAACP and branches across the state, Ohio AFL- CIO, Ohio Coalition of Labor Union Women, The Ohio Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Amaranth Grand Chapter, OES-PHA, The Greater Cleveland Voter Alliance, Youngstown Community Mobilization Coalition, Laborers’ International Union of North America - African American Caucus, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and various local chapters of the Links Incorporated. The internal structure of OUC is spearheaded by convener Petee Talley retired state officer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, along with a steering committee representing our member organizations.

Since 1983 NCBCP has had a presence in Ohio with its signature "Operation Big Vote" voter turnout program. A more comprehensive program rolled out in the 2011, 2012, and 2014 election cycles positioned us to be a major contender in future local, mid-term, and presidential election cycles across Ohio.

OUC conducts its operations in the heart of urban centers in the counties, of Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, Lorain, Montgomery, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull.

The strategies utilized to increase the opportunities for civic participation in these communities range from the established, tried and true methods such as door-to-door canvassing and phone banking to contemporary cutting-edge technologies like virtual town halls and social networking media, and now in the era of COVID-19; a transitioning to using digital formats to compliment relational organizing.

OUC has enjoyed measurable, quantifiable results in its proud history and looks forward to continuing this tradition of success into the future.




Ohio Voice is dedicated to deepening and growing the civic participation of historically underrepresented and socially responsible individuals by supporting the work of 501(c)(3) organizations throughout the state, thereby advancing economic and social justice policies that benefit all Ohioans.

National Congress of Black Women Cleveland

Committed to advocating and advocating the Black woman and her family in Greater Cleveland through social and political development, civic education, community engagement, and rebuilding socioeconomic opportunities.

Black Greek Fraternities & Sororities

Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated Beta Omicron Sigma, Columbus, OH


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter

Prince Hall was the founder of Freemasonry for Negroes in America. These men, dedicated to a belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, have supported many charitable enterprises and made a significant contribution to the ethical standards of welfare of millions of American citizens. Prince Hall Masons everywhere have pledged to support, defend and protect the American way of life, to uphold the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and to work toward the goal of one nation indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.

Our national partner, the NCBCP is dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities across the United States. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service, volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.


The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

CBTU seeks to fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all of our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.

The Community Mobilization Coalition of Greater Youngstown is a collaborative effort of African-American and Hispanic community-based organizations established for the expressed purpose of developing and initiating a plan of action to increase voter participation through voter registration, voter education and voter mobilization.

Following the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, APRI was co-founded by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, to forge an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. Today, APRI seeks structural changes through the American democratic process, and its members support political, community education, lobbying, and labor support activities.

Various Interdenominational Ministerial Alliances across Ohio.

The mission of the IMA is to unite and equip its ministers to serve effectively and efficiently in ministry in their local church and in the community at large. They are organized to reach first and foremost the African American clergy.  Secondly, they reach out and network with other individuals, organizations and groups that share their values and interests. This is called the Jerusalem’s principle (Acts 1:8). Their energy and efforts are concentrated not to be exclusive but to be effective. 

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