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Black History Month 2013

Black History Month 2013
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
The Crowning Event
February 28, 2013

Black History Month ended with 'The Crowning Event' ceremony in the City Hall Rotunda on February 28, 2013.

Black History Month banner in Cleveland City Hall


David Gallagher, Special Events Manager at City of Cleveland, served as MC for the event.

David Gallagher, Special Events Manager at City of Cleveland

Dave Gallagher


The opening invocation was offered by Pastor Grady Stevenson.

Pastor Grady Stevenson

Pastor Grady Stevenson


Mayor Frank G. Jackson welcomed the crowd.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Mayor Frank G. Jackson





The Mayor was followed by Councilman Kevin Kelley and Director Blaine Griffin.

Councilman Kevin Kelley

Councilman Kevin Kelley





Director Blaine Griffin

Director Blaine Griffin




Next, Rick Reynolds told of the history of the Alpha Step Crew, part of the Alpha ESQuires Club, a youth development program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter. He then introduced the Crew.

Rick Reynolds

Rick Reynolds


The Alpha Step Crew performed twice at the ceremony.

Alpha Step Crew

Alpha Step Crew


See videos of the performances and photos of the Alpha Step Crew.

Yvonne Pointer introduced the Guest Speaker, Margaret Bernstein.

Yvonne Pointer

Yvonne Pointer


Yvonne Pointer hugs Margaret Bernstein


The title of Ms. Bernstein's address was Marching Orders.

Margaret Bernstein

Margaret Bernstein


In her keynote, Ms Bernstein said that our children need able and stable role models and that we should not get used to anything less than that.



Ms Bernstein also told about a project she wants to work on - The Purse Project - that will help get more mentors for our youth. She said that "Friends should not let friends date guys who don't mentor."

Margaret Bernstein

Margaret Bernstein




Jacqueline Muhammad presented an award to Margaret Bernstein

Jacqueline Muhammad presented an award to Margaret Bernstein


Lee Freidman, CEO of College Now, spoke next. College Now works so that all who seek higher education will have the support they need to successfully complete their postsecondary education, lead more satisfying and productive lives, and contribute to the region's economic vitality.

Lee Freidman

Lee Freidman



Jacqueline Muhammad spoke about the importance of mentoring youth and announced a special scholarship that the City is creating for College Now.

Jacqueline Muhammad

Jacqueline Muhammad


Lee Friedman, Jacqueline Muhammad, Yvonne Pointer and

Lee Friedman, Jacqueline Muhammad, Yvonne Pointer and



Congratulations to the Black History Month committee for an uplifitng month of events.

Black History Month committee

Black History Month committee



Enjoy these photos from the event. If you can identify anyone in the photos, please let us know.

Crowd in the Rotunda for Black History Month

Crowd in the Rotunda for Black History Month


Mayor Jackson group at Black History Month

Posing with the Mayor


Jacqueline Muhammad and Yvonne Pointer

Jacqueline Muhammad and Yvonne Pointer


James Gardner from Tri-C

James Gardner from Tri-C


Margaret Bernstein with award

Margaret Bernstein with award


Signup Table

Signup Table


Blaine Griffin, Kevin Kelley, Margaret Bernstein and Mayor Frank Jackson

Blaine Griffin, Kevin Kelley,
Margaret Bernstein and Mayor Frank Jackson


Mayor Jackson, Margaret Bernstein and Yvonne Pointer enjoying the Alpha Step Crew

Mayor Jackson, Margaret Bernstein and Yvonne Pointer
enjoying the Alpha Step Crew


Pastor Grady Stevenson and Director Blaine Griffin

Pastor Grady Stevenson and Director Blaine Griffin


Mayor Jackson and Margaret Bernstein

Mayor Jackson and Margaret Bernstein


Crowd in the Rotunda for Black History Month

Crowd in the Rotunda for Black History Month


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