New Brochure Unveiled to Battle Boycott

Cincinnati unleashed a new weapon to battle the economic boycott. A glossy piece of paper with pictures of four black city leaders and the mayor went out to hundreds of people promoting diversity in business, education, and government.

"I think it's great," claimed Chris Frutkin, president of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. "I really think the idea is come on down and spend some money in those businesses and make this community better for everybody."

But some blame the brochure for false advertising.

"That's painting one picture, but when you get here, we're still working on change or the change hasn't taken place," said De Asa Nichols, executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce. "Conventioneers and meeting planners are not making decisions to come to Cincinnati based on a brochure."

The Coalition for a Just Cincinnati called the boycott based on so-called improper police-community relations and injustice in the courtroom. Within the past couple of months, Bill Cosby, Smokey Robinson, and Wynton Marsalis agreed to cancel scheduled performances. Now, the fate of the Jazz Festival remains uncertain.