One of its earliest successes was the elimination of the separate school system for African Americans when in 1887, the state of Ohio repealed the “Black Codes” that mandated legal segregation.
By the mid-sixties, membership had grown into the thousands, and demonstrations and sit-ins became useful tools for accomplishing goals. One notable example was the Cincinnati “March and vote for Jobs and freedom” on October 27, 1963, stretching for the mile between Washington Park and Fountain Square. More than 30,000 people participated, demanding equality in the form of jobs, ghetto breaking, and municipal civil rights.
Achieved breakthroughs in employment and public accommodations by relying on the power of the courts and public persuasion, for example, the 1964 Selective Buying Campaign Flier against Weidemann Beer.