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Black History Month 2012

Black History Month 2012
Cleveland City Hall Opening Ceremony
February 1, 2012

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

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

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."

Marla Hodge-Travick singing

Marla Hodge-Travick



Michael Williams from Calvary Church of God in Christ in Cleveland sang a powerful rendition of "I know I've been changed"

Michael Williams from Calvary Church of God in Christ

Michael Williams

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

Pastor Anthony Parker and the Youth for Holiness choir

The choir also sang "For Your Glory."

Pastor Anthony Parker and the Youth for Holiness choir

Cynthia Troutman of Seeds of Judah Dance Ministry in Cleveland performed a moving Praise Dance.

Cynthia Troutman of Seeds of Judah Dance Ministry

Cynthia Troutman



Cynthia Troutman of Seeds of Judah Dance Ministry

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

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 flank painting of Michelle Obama

Sherry Cloud and Jacqueline Muhammad from Cleveland Hopkins Airport


Chef Hugh and Chef Tony from Zanzibar

Chef Hugh and Chef Tony from Zanzibar


Rev. Dr. Charles Lucas

Rev. Dr. Charles Lucas


Keyboard player

Providing the music


Crowd at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Crowd at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Crowd at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Crowd at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Crowd at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Youngsters at Black History Month celebration in Cleveland City Hall


Vocalist Michael Williams

Vocalist Michael Williams


Youth in Holiness singers

Youth in Holiness singers


Lining up for food samples

Zanzibar samples


Painting of Barack Obama


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