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Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame established, honors Ruth González de García
Columbus: On September 10, 2009, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission—in conjunction with cosponsors Wright State University, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.—hosted a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium, honoring ten citizens, who have made significant contributions to the progress of the civil rights and equal justice in the State of Ohio—including Ruth González de García of Toledo, the first Latina to de inducted. 

Ruth González de García honored by Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Mrs. González de García shown in 2008 La Prensa photo with Sonia Troche of Adelante;

This program served to establish Ohio’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame, which will continue on an annual basis. Through the collective efforts of these organizations, the program assisted Ohio as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Ohio Civil Rights Act and establishment of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.


Ruth González de García honored
Ruth González de García was born in Toledo, Ohio. She currently resides in nearby Oregon, Ohio. She and her sisters rallied to establish the Guadalupe Mission Church for Spanish-speaking residents in 1942. She continued to volunteer and devote herself to helping a host of Mexican immigrants, who moved to Toledo after World War II.

Mrs. González de García helped immigrants find housing, employment, and loans. Additionally, she helped new residents with medical needs, legal court interpretation, income tax filing, and several other citizenship related issues. She was very supportive of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, based in Toledo, and attended many of its rallies and marches.


Marcy Kaptur and Ruth González de García  

She encouraged voter registration and civic participation, and successfully lobbied to erect “El Centro Unico,” a community center for neighborhood children and senior citizens. The site was later re-named for her sister, the late Aurora González, who was also very active in the Latino community in the Toledo. She and her sister also circulated a neighborhood newsletter called “La Voz del Barrio.”


She was nominated by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

Mrs. González de García was previously honored on March 27, 2008 by Adelante, Inc. and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in Toledo, receiving the César E. Chávez Humanitarian Award. See La Prensa story at: https://laprensatoledo.com/Stories/2008/040408/Adelante.htm


The other 9 individuals honored can be found by visiting the Ohio Civil Rights Website at:  http://www.crc.ohio.gov/HallofFame.htm


The program can be viewed in its entirety at: http://www.ohiochannel.org/multimedia/media.cfm?file_id=122084







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