State of Black Dayton Town Hall

The Miami Valley Urban League (MVUL) is inviting the Dayton community to lean in, dig in and be part of its “The State of Black Dayton: Opportunities Lost” Town Hall Meeting.
The report takes a deep dive into issues facing the Black community in the Gem City.

Experts in various fields compiled their research to give an in-depth look at pay disparity, housing, education, criminal justice reform and health. The comprehensive report found widening gaps in wealth, stability and equality for African-American residents in Dayton. For example, the annual median income for Whites in Montgomery County exceeds the median income for Blacks by more than $17,000.

There also continues to be a problem with segregated housing, with black communities falling prey to predatory lenders. The report also found African-Americans make up approximately 21 percent of the population of Montgomery County, but Blacks represent more than 45 percent of the homeless population.

“These facts and figures aren’t meant to stay in a book. Our report is a starting point for what needs to be an ongoing conversation. A conversation that can lead to solutions,” said Branford Brown, Executive Director of the Miami Valley Urban League. “This is why we are holding a town hall meeting. This is not just data, the report is about people and we want to help empower them.”

Community leaders and “The State of Black Dayton” co-authors MVUL Executive Director Branford Brown, Rev. Dr. Daryl Ward, Katy Crosby, John Moore Sr. and William Gillispie will serve as panelists. The town hall meeting will be moderated by Director of Strategic Communications and Community Relations for Dayton Public Schools Dr. Venita Kelley.

Join the conversation Thursday, October, 12 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Omega Baptist Church located at 1821 Emerson Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45406. The meeting will take place in the multipurpose room. “The State of Black Dayton” books are available at the MVUL office located at 907 W. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 or you can download the full report HERE or by visiting

About the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio 

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is the parent corporation for the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Miami Valley Urban League. Our mission is to transform generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency.