Local civil rights advocate Dick Weiland to be inducted into Hall of Fame

On Oct. 6, the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame will induct six new members, one of whom is a Cincinnati native and active community member.
Dick Weiland, 87, serves on more than 30 boards and commissions, and has worked tirelessly during his lifetime to serve others and stand up for what he believes.
“This is an incredible honor and one I will not take lightly,” Weiland said. “To be recognized alongside so many respected leaders in the Civil Rights Movement is truly a lifetime achievement.”
Among those leaders are individuals like Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Toni Morrison and the Ohio Tuskegee Airmen, to name a few.
The Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame was created in 2009 and is the product of a collaborative effort among the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Honda Manufacturing of Ohio, Wright State University and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Throughout his life, Weiland has advocated for civil rights on both national and local levels. He met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. He also helped put a stop to the Cincinnati riots in 1967 and founded the Halom House for Jewish adults with disabilities in 1982. But his accomplishments don’t end there.
“I believe we have a duty to take care of our fellow man; I have always upheld that we have to treat others the way we want to be treated,” Weiland said. “I was fortunate enough to have many role models while growing up who taught me the importance of making an impact on our community.”

Do Good:  

•    Make an impact on your own community. Think of someone you could help or something you could get involved with, and begin your work. 

•    Check out this year's Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees, and read more about their life's work. 

•    Attend the 8th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
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Brittany York is a college educator, freelance writer, and the event producer for Ohio Civics Essential. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.