Be The Change

Be The Change

Talk Show

Program Schedule

Monday

2:30am & 5:30pm

Wednesday

9:30pm

Thursday

6:30am

Friday

4:30am

Saturday

5:30pm

Sunday

7:30am

This Community Affairs Program is hosted by Robert Harris.

 

Be The Change (2014)

 Robert Lee Harris is a widower and the parent of 26 year-old son.  He contracted meningitis at the early age of 8 months old, resulting in the permanent paralysis of both legs and his left hand; he has always used a wheelchair for mobility.  An accomplished visual artist, Robert describes himself as an artist for social change.  He has more than 20 years of video production experience and almost 40 years of experience as a visual artist.

Be The Change (2013)

 During his career, Robert has been employed as a working art director and designer for television production, a project director for arts programming, and an employment counselor for persons with disabilities.  For 13 years he served as the Education/Training Coordinator for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, providing training in the areas of valuing and  managing diversity, alternative dispute resolution, and compliance  with  the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Robert served as a Commissioner for the Ohio Rehabilitation Service Commission (ORSC) for 7 years, and the Commission Marketing Representative for 2 years.  He is currently self-employed as an Artist and Inclusion Consultant  having retired in 2008, after 10 years of service as the Community Relations Coordinator of BRIDGES for a Just Community (formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.); he now holds the title of Senior Advisor with that organization.

Be The Change (2012)

 In the 1990's Robert was invited to assist British Broadcasting Corporation producers with their production of a documentary contrasting the lifestyles of Black people with disabilities in the United States with their counterparts in Great Britain.  In October 1991 he traveled there as a guest of the Art Council of Great Britain, where he presented his paper “Images of Persons with Disabilities in Western Art and Literature: A Work in Progress.”  This same paper was subsequently presented before the College Arts Association and the Women’s Caucus for Art.

Be The Change (2011)

 

 Robert has received many honors, including recognition in Portraits in Excellence, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial Committee and the City of Cincinnati.  He is a state of Ohio recipient of the Victory Award, which was presented to him at a White House reception with former First Lady Barbara Bush.  In January 1994, Robert received the Ohio Humanitarian Award-Employment Equality, from Governor Voinovich, and the  Human Relations Award from the Cincinnati Chapter of Christians and Jews.  In 1995 he was honored by the Better Housing League for his efforts in providing accessible, affordable housing for persons with disabilities, and he designed the logo for the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act for ADA-Ohio.  In 2001 the United Way and Community Chest of Cincinnati presented Robert the Joseph A. Hall Award for promoting inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all people.  Robert received the prestigious Maurice McCracken Award for Peace and Justice in 2002, and in March 2003 he was featured as one of the Fifth Third Bank’s Profiles in Courage.  Robert’s painting “SkyLine” is included in the Cincinnati Bell corporate art collection, and in 2005 he received the Roxie L. Cole Memorial Award for Leadership from the Central States Region of the Alliance for Community Media. In January 2006 Robert received the Lifetime Dream Keeper Award for more then three decades of service to the community, and in early 2007 he received the I-CAIR for Fair Media Award from The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

 Robert is very active in the community of Cincinnati where he resides, and he has served on a wide variety of boards and committees, including:  the Artists with Disabilities Advisory Committee for the Ohio Arts Council; The Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati, OH); the United Cerebral Palsy Center; the University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders (CCDD); the Arnoff Center for the Arts;  SpeciaLink;  the American Red Cross;  Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME); the United Way & Community Chest; and SORTA - the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.  Currently Robert serves as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Robert Harris links: Facebook & www.robertleeharris.com