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Why the Campaign Started
Cincinnati has a long history of racial divide. “One in Cincy” seeks to spread the love for all those that make up our beautiful city. The cause raises money for, and awareness of, the need for cultural education and a helping hand to those struggling the most.
The One in Cincy campaign was launched as a result of a message by Pastor Chuck Mingo at Crossroads Church in Oakley early in 2015. The verse from Revelation 7:9 (NIV) was really the inspiration for this mission of uniting the city of Cincinnati, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” That beautiful image of peace and unity among individuals from every background possible is the driving force behind this campaign.
Though the campaign is not officially a part of Crossroads Church, many members have been in strong support of this mission for race relations in our city. What started as a goal to raise awareness of the need for racial unity in Cincinnati, has broadened to include unity of everyone in the Queen City, including those from all walks, all races, all beliefs, all cultures, and all backgrounds. There is a great need in our city to bring its people together in genuine love and respect.
What They Do
As far as race relations work goes, One in Cincy promotes ways to “start the conversation” about race. Ignorance is the enemy of understanding. The more we know and respect about one another, the more unified we all can be. The work of the campaign is focused on uniting our city and loving our city – made up of all different races and cultures.
Supporting this cause through donations or through the purchase of their fundraising t-shirts helps create cultural education classes and camps for children of all ages, from preschool to the college level. Proceeds also go to support non-profit groups that attempt to lift up and empower those of all races and cultures, such as CityLink, Revolution Dance Theatre, and Pones Inc. Donations are also used to create “blessing bags” for distribution in the community.
Why It’s Important to Me
This mission is very important to me as I have a biracial family and also two parents that are in same-sex marriages/relationships now. I want this city to be welcoming to my parents. I want to help create an environment in our city where my biracial daughter can grow up confidently.
The One in Cincy campaign evolved out of a church and a Bible verse, but not everyone believes this same way. What we should all believe in, though, is respect and love. No matter who you are, I challenge you to give a smile to someone today that you normally would look past. Spread some love and help unite our city.