February is National Black History Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the political, social, and cultural contributions of African Americans. The Foundation is proud to recognize the many Black justice leaders, attorneys, and advocates who have dedicated their careers to bettering their communities and building a more just and equitable Ohio for all. Here’s a look back at some of the accomplished leaders we featured in Justice in Action over the past year:

  • As the first Black female judge elected to the Youngstown Municipal Court in its history, Judge Carla Baldwin is deeply committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion both in and outside of the courtroom.
  • Foundation Board member Vallie Bowman-English embodies her commitment to public service as the Clerk of the Toledo Municipal Court, where she leverages technology to increase efficiency and better serve the public.
  • Foundation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standing Committee member Janet Green Marbley dedicates her time to advocating for client rights and protections against unfair treatment through her position as Administrator and Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection.
  • Kim Shumate, Foundation Board member, and former Board president, exemplifies leadership and service at The Ohio State University, where she serves in the Office of Human Resources as president of strategic initiatives.
  • Servant-leader and change advocate Ibrahima Sow demonstrates his passion for improving equity among marginalized groups as the past chair of the Ohio New African Immigrants Commission and network director with United Way of Central Ohio’s Success by Third Grade movement.

The Foundation proudly celebrates Black History Month by highlighting prolific Black leaders in the justice community. See more leaders on our Celebrate Black Voices page.