Larry Hamilton, a native of Loveland, Ohio, is a retired teacher of African American History, World Studies and Current Events from Piqua, OH.
Larry graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Education in 1971 from Central State University where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and President of Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
He earned a Masters Degree in Education from Wright State University in 1979 and he has taken additional course offerings at Edison Community College in Piqua, OH and the University of Dayton at Dayton, OH.
He is a founding member of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV), has authored an article on “Helping African Ancestored Americans Find Their Roots” and is a presenter on family history and genealogy. In August of 2005, he appeared as a genealogy researcher in the episode, “The Slave Banjo,” on PBS-TV’s The History Detectives.
In addition, Hamilton invented the educational game, NEWS OR LOSE, developed and conducted the Ohio Scholars Bowl Competition, founded the non-profit organization Promoting Recognition Of Diversity (PROD) to recruit minority candidates to teach in Piqua City Schools and developed the RIGHT concept to promote community partnerships for naming public properties.
Hamilton was selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was awarded the Ohio Tri-County NAACP’s Martin Luther King Outstanding African American Award and he received the state of Ohio’s MLK Cultural Awareness Award in 2005.
In 2013 he was awarded a lineage certificate of membership into the Hamilton County Genealogy Society's Century Families distinguished group.
Hamilton authored and self-published a book in August of 2009 titled Lucy’s Story: Right Choices But Wrongs Still Left. He collaborated with his writer Christina DeLaet Burns in the release of Book II of Lucy's Story that is titled Between Two Suns: The Berean Experience. Book II became available in November of 2011 and the trilogy became complete with the release of Book III in January 2013 titled Refuge from the Deluge: On Being Railroaded. This heroic story commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Loveland/Little Miami Flood of 1913 and a struggle for justice, equality and inclusion in Ohio's Upper Miami Valley relating to the Randolph Freedmen, one of the largest manumissions in U.S. history.
Hamilton was recently inducted into the Loveland Schools Foundation Distinguished Alumnus group in September of 2018 and is continuing to make power-point presentations based upon his book series on Lucy's Story and family history research in support of his interest in genealogy. He is also renovating a building to house a learning center at the Randolph & McCulloch Freedom’s Struggle Complex in Piqua, OH.
This program is about staying in your own lane. It is an interview of former Piqua student, Chef and Community Activist Bill Jaqua. Bill and I attended a recent Piqua City Commission meeting and expressed concerns about a lawsuit that was settled and which contained allegations of racial concerns. We talk about different styles in addressing this issue of mutual concern.
This program is about a meeting with prominent community activists throughout the Dayton Metropolitan area. There were also announcements and descriptions made of upcoming events in Miami County relating to informing residents and community activism.
This program is Part 1 of The God Send. It is an interview with a former student named Damon Wilson. We talk about reconnecting after 4 years, and also about our personal vision of Piqua and the promotion of the Randolph narrative and an excustive heritage.
This program is a Part 2 of The God Send. It talks about the best way to represent the Randolph narrative and the plan of obtaining properties to pay tribute to the Randolph ancestors. Also, rebuilding features of the Rossville community that will reflect what it would of looked like in 19th century between 1850/1880 before African Americans were able to expand out of Rossville and into the city of Piqua.