THE OHIO FEDERATION FOR UPLIFT AMONG
There is being written on the records of 1918 Progress, Prog-
ress, Progress, so far as the Colored people of Ohio are concerned.
The Ohio Federation for Uplift Among Colored People was
born of a keen realization for the need of larger co-operation
between all the Colored people of Ohio and all the White people
of Ohio in every phase of activity, touching the needs of Ohio
On the twelfth of July, 1917, there met in the auditorium of
the Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, Ohio, nearly 700 represen-
tative men and women from every section of the state. The pri-
mary object of the meeting was to consider the various acute prob-
lems brought about by the unprecedented migration of Colored
men, women and children from southern states. This conference
was attended by White and Colored men and women, whose inter-
est was unquestioned for each person bore his (or her) own
The organization of the Ohio Federation for Uplift Among
Colored People was the outcome of the conference. J. Walter
Wills of Cleveland was elected President, J. H. Robinson, Cincin-
nati, Secretary; and A. G. Bookwalter, Cincinnati, Treasurer.
There are five standing committees: Research and Statistics,
Organization and Publicity, Welfare, Labor and Housing; the
Executive Committee, three state lecturers, a State Director and a
Special Finance Committee.
Budget and Memberships
At a meeting cf the State Executive Committee in the J. G.
Schmidlapp Committee rooms, Union Trust Building, Cincinnati,
September 11th, three groups of memberships were arranged:
Regular Members, 50c per year; Contributing Members, $5.00 per
year and Sustaining Members, any individual or organization who
pays more than Five Dollars per year. A budget for the year of
$3,000 was decided upon-this has been voluntarily increased
to $5,000 to meet the exigencies brought on by war conditions.
Memberships are accepted individually, collectively, and
through organizations now in existence, or thorugh organizations