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News Date: October 11, 2019

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Announces 2019 Inductees into the Columbus Hall of Fame

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced today that he will induct the late Reverend Dr. Charles E. Booth, the late Helen Jenkins Davis, Donna A. James, and Jim Lorimer into the Columbus Hall of Fame. The Columbus Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, have gained recognition for themselves and have brought credit to this city.

The Reverend Dr. Charles E. Booth was a religious leader, civil activist, and former Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Baptist Church. As founder of Gloria S. Friend Christian Academy, he was dedicated to the education of young people. Reverend Dr. Charles E. Booth was committed to local and global communities around the issues of unemployment, homelessness, and health.

Helen Jenkins Davis served the City of Columbus as one of its first African American teachers. She was first hired into the district in 1918, and in 1976 she led the charge for desegregation of Columbus City Schools. The Helen Jenkins Davis Lunch Bunch was founded in her honor, awarding scholarships to Columbus City Schools students each year.

Donna A. James, the managing director of Lardon & Associates, LLC, advocates for all Columbus residents through her leadership roles in Columbus-based and nationally recognized organizations. Donna A. James was appointed by former President Barack Obama as Chairwoman of the National Women’s Business Council. Previously, she served as Co-Chair for the Columbus CelebrateOne initiative, Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and Chairwoman of the YWCA Columbus. Currently, she serves as the founder and former board chair of the Center for Healthy Families and Co-Executive Director for the African American Leadership Academy.

Jim Lorimer is Co-Founder of the annual Arnold Sports Festival. After serving in World War II and as an FBI special agent, he became the chairperson of the U.S. Olympic Committee for Women’s Athletics. In 1970, he organized the World Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, where contestants competed for the title of Mr. World. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the title, and the Arnold Sports Festival became an annual event.

“We are delighted to induct these four Columbus champions into the Hall of Fame,” said Mayor Ginther. “Each of them has contributed to the well-being, growth and diversity of our city. I cannot thank them enough for lifting up the City of Columbus and its residents.”

The 2019 inductees will be officially inducted into the Columbus Hall of Fame on October 30, 2019.