Greater Cincinnati’s Black community has a long and rich history that has shaped the Queen City into what it is today. Along the way, that community has been fostered in a huge way by countless community organizations that do important work across the city. The list of these groups is far too long to fit into a single blog post (though we’ve given a shout-out to a few more on our Facebook page), but below are a few of the most notable—several of which have been making an impact for decades.
The African American Chamber
The African American Chamber is a membership-based organization that aims to build and grow the Black business community in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Through their chapter, they provide resources, programs and benefits for Black business owners and other members. Founded in 1996, the chamber continues to help improve the economic status of the Black community.
Queen City Foundation
A local non-profit organization, Queen City Foundation (QCF) assists African American students in the Tri-state by providing them with additional educational opportunities and resources they don’t normally have access to in their school districts. QCF was founded in 1969 and has since grown into a strong network that continues to help students reach academic excellence through their programs.
Cincinnati NAACP is part of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization fighting to end racial inequality. The organization has a vibrant history that continues to grow stronger with time as they maintain its mission to positively impact the lives of Cincinnati community members. Cincinnati NAACP battles against disparities in housing, health care, education and economic development, all while raising awareness about the inequalities that exist in disadvantaged communities.
Cincinnati Black Pride
Cincinnati Black Pride aims to mobilize the Black LGBTQ+ community to promote the health, education, awareness and social and cultural wellness of people in the Greater Cincinnati area who are living at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ+ identity. The organization is also heavily involved in Cincinnati’s Pride celebrations that take place every June.
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
The Urban League is recognized as the oldest and largest community-based organization specifically committed to empowering African American individuals and families. The organization has been serving the community since 1948 through initiatives like financial services, youth empowerment, workforce training and advocacy.
All-In Cincinnati Coalition
All-In Cincinnati is a community-led coalition of organizations focused on systemic change by dismantling racial inequity. They aim to deepen, amplify and multiply local and regional efforts to build equitable, thriving neighborhoods in the Greater Cincinnati area. Through community support and funding, All-In Cincinnati aims to pave the road to equity. The organization is helmed by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation alongside their funding partners United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Interact for Health (which also funds Quit Culture).