The Dayton area not only recognizes the importance of having a culturally and ethnically diverse community, but also uses celebrations and festivals to share the diversity of our region with others.

In 2007, The Dayton Foundation created the Commission on Minority Inclusion and the Minority Economic Development Council, forming a key partnership between business and community leaders of various positions and ethnic backgrounds.

The home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dayton is also rich in both African American culture and education. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is hailed as one of the premier dance companies throughout the US, with their original dances making up the largest collection of African American choreographed works in the world. The Dayton region is also home to two prominent HBCUs—Central State University and Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private, historically black university.

And for a glimpse into another culture’s food, crafts, music and more, check out one of the many festivals celebrating the diversity of our region. A World A’Fair, the African-American Cultural Festival, the Lebanese Festival, the Greek Festival, the Italian Festival and the Hispanic Heritage Festival are just a few that you’ll find throughout the year.

Find churches and places of worship in the Dayton region here.