Hale Black Cultural Center

Hale Black Cultural Center

Celebrating 30 Years: 1989 - 2019

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center is named in honor of Dr. Frank Hale, Jr., a visionary leader, a tireless mentor, and a 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 COVID-19 response

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center will cancel all events and activities in the Hale Center through July 2020. We greatly value each and every one of our clients, but because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Ohio State University's proactive measures to assure everyone's health, we are suspending all activities immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Updates will be communicated to our listserv, and we will also keep you updated on our website. It is our hope that your programming can be rescheduled at a later date.

The Hale Center will remain staffed and responsive to all communications.

Thank you for your understanding as we monitor the situation and work to keep our Buckeye family safe.

Hale Center News

Government of The Bahamas Appoints Dr. William F. Pickard First Honorary Consul in Detroit

The Government of The Bahamas for the first time ever appointed an Honorary Consul in Detroit. That person is entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist William F. Pickard, Ph.D., executive chairman of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

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WATCH: MLK Celebration 2021 featuring Ben Crump

Renowned Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump founded Ben Crump Law PLLC with the abiding belief that justice equals respect. Because of this dedication to justice, the families of Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Martin Lee Anderson, and Breonna Taylor all turned to Mr. Crump to turn the spotlight of justice on these cases.

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Black community finds virtual unity in absence of Hale Hall

Hale Hall has been the gathering space for the Black Ohio State community for 31 years, but due to COVID-19 guidelines, the building was converted from a student center and gathering space into a classroom building, Larry Williamson Jr., director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, said.

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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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