Spencer Awards celebrate commitment and contributions to civil rights, inclusion

For further information, contact Robert Schrage, Cincinnatus president, at 859-803-2528.

The Second Annual Donald & Marian Spencer Spirit of America Awards will be held Thursday, May 10, 2016 starting at 5:30pm at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

The Cincinnatus Association is honored to have this unique opportunity to honor the Spencers,   often called the "first couple of civil rights" in Cincinnati and their legacy. The Spirit of American Awards for exhibiting conspicuous and enduring contributions to creating greater inclusion and promoting diversity in our community.   

The awards will be presented to:

  • Individual: Dr. Bleuzette Marshall, chief diversity officer, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Marshall has been instrumental in implementing several new programs related to inclusiveness since the UC police officer shooting of Samuel DeBose. A $40 million investment has been made in faculty development, recruiting and hiring, developing curriculum changes relating to diversity and inclusion, and investments to enhance the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented minority students.

  • Nonprofit: Ohio Innocence Project 

Since its founding in 2003, the Ohio Innocence Project has freed more innocent people than any other state-based innocence organization in the country: 23 people who have jointly served more than 425 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. OIP has also drafted and helped pass ground-breaking reforms to decrease the chance that innocent Ohioans will be wrongfully convicted in the future. The OIP is currently reviewing cases in 14 correctional institutions.

  • Business:  PNC

Among other programs that foster diversity and inclusion, PNC has Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRG;s) which support employees with a shared heritage, gender, sexual orientation or background and provide a forum for discussion and professional development. PNC’s 10 EBRG’s have 17,000 members across 64 chapters and represent the following groups: African American; Asian American; Disability Awareness; Emerging Professionals; Intergenerational; Latino; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Allies; Multicultural; Veterans/Military; and Women.

 

  • ABOUT 

Among other programs that foster diversity and inclusion, PNC has Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), which support employees with a shared heritage, gender, sexual orientation or background and provide a forum for discussion and professional development. PNC’s 10 EBRGs have 17,000 members across 64 chapters and represent the following groups: African American; Asian American; Disability Awareness; Emerging Professionals; Intergenerational; Latino; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Allies; Multicultural; Veterans/Military; and Women.

DONALD AND MARIAN SPENCER

Donald was a Cincinnatus member for many years, and Cincinnatus made both Donald and Marian permanent honorary members in 2007.  

The Spencers' lives were filled with firsts.  Donald, who died in 2010, was the first African American on the Cincinnati Park Board; the first African American broker on the Cincinnati Board of Realtors; the first African American Trustee at Ohio University.  

Marian, who continues to advocate for justice, integrated Coney Island so her children could swim in the pool; she was the first African American President of Woman's City Club; the first African American woman to serve on the Cincinnati City Council; and many other amazing accomplishments which we will highlight that evening.

ABOUT THE DINNER

Cincinnatus Association will celebrate the Spencers' commitment and achievements while also celebrating its own 95 years of civic activism and community improvement, including its support of groundbreaking efforts in diversity and inclusion.

 

Tickets are $60 and sponsorships are available as well. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatusassoc.org