Napoleon Bell II
Executive Director

Contact Information

1111 East Broad St. 
Suite #302
Columbus, OH 43205
Office : (614) 645-1993
Fax : (614) 645-1862
Hours:  M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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In 1990, the Columbus Community Relations Commission was established to help bring civic leaders, business leaders, citizens and elected officials together on issues of ethnic, racial and cultural diversity.  Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Community Relations Commission Executive Director Napoleon A. Bell II are committed to opening the doors and neighborhoods of Columbus to every family.  Through the work of the Community Relations Commission our vision of Building a Community For All can be a reality.



Civil Rights Act

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary Voting Rights Act- and CRC History Event

In recognition of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Community Relations Commission will gather to hold the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Act and CRC History on Thursday, July 30, 2015 with keynote speaker Ben Espy.  The event will take place at the CSCC Center for Workforce Development Building, located at 315 Cleveland Avenue.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Program is from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  Please feel free to contact the CRC office for more information. Tickets available soon!


Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and CRC History Luncheon

2015 Lunch and Learn

2015 Lunch and Learn Series: Building Intergenerational Communities Join us for the next Lunch and Learn Friday, July 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at 1111 E. Broad Street.  Click Here to View our Latest Lunch and Learn: Building Intergenerational Communities in the Workplace

Civil Rights Tour Group2014

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Heritage Tour- March 29- April 2, 2016

The CRC hosts the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Heritage Tour.  Please click below to see photos and comments from earlier Tours.  

Now registering for the 2016 Civil Rights Tour!!

View photos from previous Civil Rights Tours here

Click Here to Register for the 2016 Civil Rights Tour Today!!!


Yom Hashoah The Community Relations Commission holds the Holocaust Remembrance each Spring. CTV Video coverage from the 2004 through 2014 observances, including information on each year's guest speaker, is now available at


2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is organized by the Community Relations Commission to celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.  Please join us in the Celebration.  

Announcements coming soon!

IAOHRA Conference

IAOHRA Conference Director Bell (pictured left)  Attended the 2014 International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies  (IAOHRA). The annual conference provides information and strategies to assist human and civil rights agencies execute their duties and responsibilities.   Pictured in the middle Marty Castro appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights in January of 2011 and is the current Chairperson  making him the agency’s eighth Chair since the formation of the Commission , and the first Latino Chairperson in the history of the USCCR. Pictured to the right is Director James L. Stowe of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and former Director of the Columbus Community Relations Commission.