• Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

By Bridget Doherty

Hamilton County Commission

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH – Hamilton County Commissioners honored eight local African American leaders for their civic contributions to Hamilton County. As part of the celebration of Black History Month, the honorees were recognized during the Commission Meeting on Thursday, February 10. Commissioners proclaimed, “Black History is American History,” while recognizing each honoree with their very own day to celebrate in Hamilton County.

February 11th is “Carolyn Jones Day” in Hamilton County in honor of Carolyn Jones, the Vice President of the Cincinnati Public School Board and a longtime mental health professional and advocate.

February 12th is “Judge Fanon Rucker Day” in Hamilton County in honor of the former Municipal Court Judge, who most recently served as Hamilton County Clerk of Courts when Clerk Aftab Pureval became Mayor of Cincinnati.

February 14th is “Gina Ruffin Moore Day” in Hamilton County in honor of her work on educational social justice to ensure all students are prepared for college, a career, and life success.

February 15th is “Fannie Mallory Day” in Hamilton County in honor of her work as a pioneer in Montessori education in Cincinnati and for being an avid historic preservationist.

February 16th is “Carl B. Westmoreland Day” in honor of Carl B. Westmoreland, the well-known community organizer, preservationist, and senior historian at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

February 17th is “Margo Spence Day” in honor of Margo Spence, the longtime CEO of First Step Home, a residential substance abuse and mental health treatment agency for women and children.

February 18th is “Jamahal C. Boyd, Sr. Day” in honor of Jamahal C. Boyd, Sr., the CEO of The Crossroads Center and devoted volunteer who serves on the boards of several nonprofits.

February 19th is “Charles H. Johnson Day” in honor of Charles H. Johnson, the longtime Mayor and Council Member of Forest Park – the County’s second largest city.