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Black History Month 2014

Flag Raising Ceremony
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
February 1, 2014

Members of the Underground Railroad Society, Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood and other community organizations marched outside of the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall to see the African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall. This was the 40th annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony at Cleveland City Hall.

Black History Month march in Cleveland City Hall



African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall



African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall

Back inside, community leaders hung the red, green and black flag.

Cleveland community leaders hung the red, green and black flag


Ruth Standiford and Lucille Short staffed the registration table.

Ruth Standiford and Lucille Short

Ruth Standiford and Lucille Short

Afi-Nur, Anita Rose Banks and Steven E. Boyd of the Hue People sang Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson. The song is often called the Black National Anthem.

Afi-Nur, Anita Rose Banks and Steven E. Boyd of the Hue People

Afi-Nur, Anita Rose Banks and Steven E. Boyd of the Hue People



Afi-Nur, Anita Rose Banks and Steven E. Boyd of the Hue People


The Hue People also performed an African song.

Afi-Nur, Anita Rose Banks and Steven E. Boyd of the Hue People



A variety of community leaders spoke to the crowd. Khalid A. Samad from Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood told of the many nations using the Red, Black and Green of the African flag.

Amir Khalid A. Samad

Amir Khalid A. Samad

Dr. Eugene Jordan sang a few lines of Oh Freedom and then told the history of the Black History celebration in Cleveland from Harlel Jones to Mayor Carl B. Stokes to Omar Ali Bey to Khalid Samad.

Dr. Eugene Jordan

Dr. Eugene Jordan



Dr. Jordan also told the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.



Other speakers included Afi-Nur, Abdul Qahhar, Akil Hashim, and others.

Afi-Nur

Afi-Nur

Abdul Qahhar

Abdul Qahhar

Amir Khalid A. Samad

Amir Khalid A. Samad

African-American Garden crew

African-American Garden crew

The next generation

The next generation

On the stage

On the stage

Steven Lloyd with and Charles Ali

Steven Boyd with unknown and Charles Ali

Community leaders Unknown, Abdul Qahhar, Eugene Jordan, Kalid Samad and Akil Hashim

Unknown, Abdul Qahhar, Eugene Jordan, Jalid Samad and Akil Hashim


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