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Dayton Human Relations Council (HRC) Celebrates 60th Anniversary

In 1962, the Human Relations Council became a leader in civil and human rights enforcement.

The Dayton Human Relations Council (HRC) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Throughout its history, the HRC has worked to ensure a culture of fair treatment, inclusion, and equal opportunity.

As the HRC reflects on 60 years of work in the community, the HRC recognizes that the enforcement of civil rights has changed, but the necessity of protecting Dayton from discrimination has not changed. The organization celebrates its achievements this past year and looks forward to continuing to support and uplift the community for years to come.

The HRC celebrates many accomplishments from the past year, namely a sold-out Fair Housing Symposium with over 100 attendees in October, several Know Your Rights sessions that connect the community to the police, the introduction of Your Home is Your Right to inform tenants and landlords of their rights and responsibilities, and the reinstatement of PEP certified Passport to Success program which equips small businesses in a variety of areas to expand capacity building opportunities and to ensure their success.

Erica Fields, Executive Director of the HRC, knows the HRCʼs work is increasingly important, remarking “In 1962, the Human Relations Council became a leader in civil and human rights enforcement. Now, 60 years later, we have expanded our enforcement authority and role in ensuring that Dayton is a welcoming place for all residents and visitors. While we still have challenges to overcome, we can be proud that over the past 60 years, Dayton has taken a leadership role in passing ordinances that ensure fairness and equity.”

The HRC honors its history, achievements, and goals for 2023 and invites the community and organizations to celebrate and connect with the HRC.


The City of Dayton established the Human Relations Council in May of 1962 to keep peace, order and harmony among the residents and visitors of Dayton, Ohio. The HRC promotes peace, goodwill, harmony and works to ensure equal treatment and opportunity for all. The HRC’s mission is carried out by a full-time staff, and a ten-member Board of Directors. The HRC enforces civil rights; provides business and technical assistance to minority-owned, woman-owned and small disadvantaged businesses; and administers community relations initiatives that promote and maintain peace, goodwill and harmony; assists in reducing inter-group tensions, and ensures equality of treatment and opportunity to all who live, work, play, and gather in the City of Dayton.

The services and advice of the Council are available to individuals, corporations and organizations in the Greater Dayton area. Call 937-333-1403 or or visit


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