Black History Month began with an opening ceremony titled Celebrate Music at the City Hall Rotunda on February 1, 2012.
Pastor Grady Stevenson welcomed the crowd and gave the opening invocation.
Pastor Grady Stevenson
Next, City of Cleveland Chief of Public Affairs Natoya J. Walker-Minor spoke and encouraged people to celebrate Black History every day, not just in February.
City of Cleveland Chief of Public Affairs Natoya J. Walker Minor
Marla Hodge-Travick led the crowd in the Black National Anthem "Lift every voice and sing."
Michael Williams from Calvary Church of God in Christ in Cleveland sang a powerful rendition of "I know I've been changed"
Pastor Anthony Parker led the Youth for Holiness choir in singing several Gospel hymns including "Thank you Lord" and "For Your Glory."
Pastor Anthony Parker and the Youth for Holiness choir
The choir also sang "For Your Glory."
Cynthia Troutman of Seeds of Judah Dance Ministry in Cleveland performed a moving Praise Dance.
Marla Hodge-Travick sang a song of hope and Pastor Grady Stevenson offered a final prayer at the City of Cleveland's opening celebration of Black History Month.
Marla Hodge-Travick and Pastor Grady Stevenson
Enjoy these photos from the event. If you can identify anyone in the photos, please let us know.
Sherry Cloud and Jacqueline Muhammad from Cleveland Hopkins Airport
Chef Hugh and Chef Tony from Zanzibar
Rev. Dr. Charles Lucas
Providing the music
Vocalist Michael Williams
Youth in Holiness singers
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