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Frank W. Hale

Throughout a lengthy and distinguished career in higher education, Frank W. Hale (1927-2011) not only spoke out vigorously for racial and economic justice but also compiled an impressive record of practical achievements. He was a principal organizer of the Laymen’s Leadership Conference that took its protest against racial discrimination in the church to the news media at the 1962 General Conference. The LLC’s dissent contributed to substantial changes in the denomination.  Hale was named president of Oakwood College four years later. He later served as vice provost at Ohio State University, where his efforts resulted in graduate fellowship awards for approximately 1,200 minority students. The university recognized his achievements by naming a campus building after him.  In 2010, Hale was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

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