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MEDIA ADVISORY: Hale Hall and cultural center move to historic building and renovation will be celebrated Friday

Ribbon cutting and fundraising gala highlight weekend of events honoring civil rights and diversity champion Frank W. Hale Jr.

WHO: Ohio State University Interim President Joseph Alutto, key senior leaders, campus community and family members of Frank W. Hale Jr.

WHAT: Ribbon cutting and fundraising gala to commemorate the relocation of Hale Hall and Hale Black Cultural Center to historic university building

WHEN Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Columbus Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. Third St.

Media may park on Hagerty or S. Oval Drive. Hale Hall is immediately across the South Oval from Hagerty Drive.

The relocation and renovation of Hale Hall and the Hale Black Cultural Center to one of the most historic buildings on The Ohio State University campus will be celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at 154 W. 12th Ave.

Hale Hall, now located in a building recognized as the first student union constructed at a public university, honors former Ohio State Vice Provost and Professor Emeritus Frank W. Hale Jr., a lifelong advocate of civil rights and inclusion in higher education.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building (formally Enarson Hall) serves as home to the Office of Outreach and Engagement and unites the renowned cultural center with its administrative home, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, fulfilling a long-held vision for Hale, who died in 2011.

Ohio State Interim President Joseph Alutto and university officials will join members of the Hale family to commemorate the official opening of the building.

A fundraising gala to support student scholarships and programming will follow at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. Third St. An inaugural legacy award, honoring Hale, will be announced and entertainment will be provided by grammy-nominated singer Freddie Jackson.

A complete schedule of all event programming is available.