Black History Month 2012 Little Known Black History Facts
Cleveland City Hall February 14, 2012
One of the key components of Black History Month is to let people know about some of the achievements of African-Americans. That was the focus of this event at Cleveland City Hall. Yvonne Pointer served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the noon-time event.
Ms. Pointer introduced Dr. Jill Barry who spoke about African-American medical firsts and contributions.
Dr. Jill Barry
Next, Kandie Ezell sang a powerful rendition of a Gospel song.
Laveta Parker from the City of Cleveland's Community Relations department spoke about African-Americans and classical music.
Vince Holland spoke about some well-known and some not so well known African-Americans. This included a story about Olympic Gold Medalist and Cleveland's own Harrison Dillard.
Valarie Harvey spoke about the role of sit-ins in the Civil Rights movement, specifically the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The last speaker was Barbara Anderson who told about some little known facts about African Americans. She said Black history did not begin and end with slavery.
After closing remarks, attendees enjoyed samples from B&M Bar B Que.