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Ohio Urban League unveils Holloman Center for Social Justice


In collaboration with Fifth Third Bank

By Kristina Dixon | Across Black America

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio —with support from the Holloman Family Foundation, and in collaboration with Fifth Third Bank —unveils the Holloman Center for Social Justice in Avondale Town Center to bridge the gap between the greater Cincinnati community and local law enforcement.

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) has unveiled the Holloman Center for Social Justice (CSJ) in Avondale Town Center, following an inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank.

Kala Gibson, executive vice president and chief corporate responsibility officer of Fifth Third Bank, said, “Our support for the Holloman Center for Social Justice reflects our unwavering dedication to creating a more just and equitable society for all. We want to ensure that social justice remains at the heart of a better future for the communities we serve.”

An impressive $1 million gift from Black philanthropists, J. Phillip Holloman and his wife Gail, underpins the new 10,000 square foot facility and was bolstered by support from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Senior Director of Community Relations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Monica J. Mitchell, expressed her enthusiasm, noting, “The Hollomon Center for Social Justice, support[s] youth development, community programs, and diversity and social initiatives that are closely tied to physical and mental health outcomes in children and families.”

Christie Kuhns, ULGSO president and CEO, acknowledged, “The generous contribution from  Phillip and Gail Holloman, fast-tracked our equity efforts. The Holloman Center symbolizes our unyielding devotion to social justice in historically underserved communities.” The center’s theme “From Protest to Policy Change” speaks to the Center’s goal of serving as a catalyst for collaborative police reform in Southwestern Ohio. The Center will focus on three key areas: policy change, community engagement and police department transparency.

The center’s team will actively engage in policy advocacy, data collection and reporting, community education and organizing to advance racial equity in the region. The Center will also host various programs and events focused on health equity, voting rights and youth engagement.