Hale Black Cultural Center

Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, established on October 11, 1989 under President Edward Jennings, is named in honor of Dr. Frank Hale, Jr., a visionary leader, tireless mentor, and civil rights crusader who fought to increase opportunities for underrepresented 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. The Hale Center is considered one of the finest Black Cultural Centers in the country and one of the few centers in the country if not the only center that has an academic and cultural side.

Monday through Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mission and Vision

The Center's mission coincides with the larger mission of Ohio State and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Hale Center develops and maintains supportive programs and activities for the development and advancement of all students and particularly African American students. Additionally, it serves as an instrument of orientation and instruction to the larger community on issues of race, politics, economics, community, art and culture. Further, the Center documents the contribution of Blacks to the world of Arts, Letters and Science.

Inside the Hale Center

The Hale Center includes a state-of-the-art computer lab, several classrooms, meeting space, and an exceptional art collection. A variety of organizations use the Center's facilities, and most are student groups. Students have access to resources that can accommodate programming for 5 people to 300 people.

Strong Community Relationships

The Hale Center has many community organizations that utilize our facility. The Hale Center takes great pride in doing what it can to help support the surrounding Columbus community. From blood drives to mentoring and tutoring, the Hale Center and its staff take great pride in its ability to make a difference.

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

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.

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