Hale Black Cultural Center

Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center is named in honor of Dr. Frank Hale, Jr., a visionary leader, tireless mentor, and civil rights crusader who fought to increase opportunities for minority students at The Ohio State University. Dr. Hale was the former Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Vice Provost for the Office of Minority Affairs and Special Assistant to the President.

Hale Center News

Artists featured in the “Black Joy” art exhibit inspire students to find their own meaning of joy within Black culture

Through the lens of three local artists, joy can be found in many common aspects of Black culture.

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Juneteenth: A spirit of emancipation, celebration, and community

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center kicked off Juneteenth with its first annual Juneteenth Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in the Main Dining Room at the Faculty Club.

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Hale Center director Larry Williamson Jr. retires

More than four decades after arriving at The Ohio State University as a young graduate student, Larry Williamson Jr. steps down today after 30 years as director of the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center.

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Highlights of Hale Center Art Collection

King's Life

Artist: Larry Winston Collins

Medium: Relief Painting

The “King's Life” painting was the first piece of artwork donated to the Hale Center. Created specifically for the Office of Minority Affairs' annual MLK exhibition in 1988, Mr. Collins donated the art to the Hale Center in 1989 prior to its opening on October 11, 1989.

Apartheid Series for Steven

Artist: Ed Colston

Medium: Mixed Media Painting

The Apartheid Series for Steven was donated by artist Ed Colston as a special tribute to Steven Biko. Ed Colston (November 20, 1936 – February 21, 2006), a local artist and former professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, was known for his bold colors and abstraction in his works of art.


Artist: Charles Hollingsworth

Medium: Mixed

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