"To help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and understanding, and become more harmonious and cohesive."
A Greater Cincinnati that is a safe, energetic, livable community of citizens who work together to overcome prejudice and build mutual respect.
CHRC acts as a catalyst to promote the building of positive relationships between and among various groups and cultures; CHRC mobilizes institutions and individuals to resolve diversity issues while developing mechanisms to ensure equitable treatment of all persons. CHRC is the cornerstone of improved human relations and collaboration in the Cincinnati area; CHRC serves as a conduit for information from and to various groups including the Mayor, City Council, and the City Manager.
Human Relations is the study of group behavior for the purpose of improving interpersonal relationships in the community.
The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is authorized to study and investigate problems of relationships between various racial, religious, and ethnic groups in order to foster mutual respect and understanding, work to alleviate prejudice and discrimination in the City, and encourage equality and fairness in the treatment of all citizens to enhance the quality of life in the Cincinnati area.
OUR BEGINNING (HISTORY)
On November 17, 1943, the Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee (MFRC) was created by resolution of Cincinnati City Council. The resolution provided that the Mayor be authorized to appoint an independent committee representing various racial, industrial, religious, and other groups, for the purpose of studying the problems connected with the promotion of harmony and tolerance, and acting as an advisory committee for the solution of such problems. The Committee, the second group of its type established in the United States, was composed of 36 trustees appointed by the Mayor and about 150 citizens.
After much transition and several years of struggle over the reorganization of the MFRC, an agreement was reached on March 17, 1965, and City Council adopted Ordinance 112-1965 providing for the establishment of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) of which Mayor Mark Mallorys father, Mr. William Mallory Sr., helped create.
CHRC has continually been a springboard and resource to other human relations related groups such as the Urban Appalachian Council, Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition, community and resident councils, and individual citizens. CHRC, a trouble-shooter for human rights issues, continues to operate under a City ordinance as an independent, non-profit organization. CHRC serves as a catalyst to unify individuals and groups to improve human relations in the Greater Cincinnati area.