Dayton native, Clarence Joseph McLin Jr. (known as C.J. McLin), was a civil rights leader and was instrumental in bringing about a positive change in Dayton’s race relations. Hewas a Dunbar High School graduate. McLin ran for Ohio State Representative in 1966 following the race riots in Dayton and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and quickly became one of the most influential leaders in the history of Ohio! Representative McLin served 11 terms over the course of 22 years. He won the election and served eleven consecutive terms. McLin founded the Black Elected Democrats of Ohio and served as its first president. Today, the organization is known as the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. An advocate for access to higher education, C.J. McLin sponsored legislation establishing Wright State University’s School of Medicine and Professional Psychology, the Dayton Career Academy for Vocational Rehabilitation, the Miami Valley Regional Art and Cultural Council, and the renewal of downtown Dayton. One of C.J. McLin’s greatest legacies was obtaining state funding for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. This Dayton Original is honored in the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame!