Ohio Hispanic Coalition
The Ohio Hispanic Coalition is an advocacy group for Ohio's Latino population.
For most of Ohio's history, very few Latinos settled in the state, but beginning in the 1960s, a surge in Hispanic immigration to the United States occurred. Most Latino immigrants came from Central and South American countries rather than from Spain, hoping for more economic opportunity in the United States. Ohio's Hispanic population soared. By 2006, almost 264,000 Ohioans claimed Latino heritage. This number amounted to 2.3% of Ohio's entire population. Between 1960 and 2006, the heaviest concentration of Hispanic Ohioans occurred in central Ohio. Distinct Latino communities formed in Columbus and other major Ohio cities. Most Hispanics found employment as factory or farm laborers, but several Latinos succeeded in opening successful restaurants and specialty stores.
As Ohio's Hispanic population increased during the late twentieth century, numerous institutions also formed to assist these new arrivals. The Ohio Hispanic Coalition is a private organization created to help Ohio's Latino populace. Founded in 1990, the organization is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. It serves as an advocacy group for and seeks to provide educational and other services for Ohio's Hispanic population.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.