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Black History Month 2015

Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
February 7, 2015

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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 41st annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony at Cleveland City Hall.

Participants marched from inside City Hall outside to the steps.

City Hall steps


Then Dr. Eugene Jordan explained the significance of Black History Month which started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

Dr. Eugene Jordan

Dr. Eugene Jordan



Dr. Eugene Jordan


Khalid Samad of the Coalition for a Better Life DBA Peace in the Hood told about the history of the event and how it was started by Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes. He believes this is the longest such flag raising in the country.

Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad



Khalid Samad


A representative of the Black Man Army in Cleveland said that education is the key and also the power for black people.

Black Man Army Cleveland speaker



Black Man Army Cleveland speaker

Raj on City Hall steps

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall

Then Khalid Samad spoke about Black on Black crime and introduced a mother who lost her son to violence all over a jacket.

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall



African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall


The flag was raised and participants saluted the African-American flag that was flying over Cleveland City Hall.

participants saluted the African-American flag that was flying over Cleveland City Hall

participants saluted the African-American flag that was flying over Cleveland City Hall



participants saluted the African-American flag that was flying over Cleveland City Hall

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall


The crowd moved back inside for a program. The Hue People performed an a cappella version of Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson. The song is often called the Black National Anthem.

Lift every voice and sing



Lift every voice and sing


The Hue People also performed a song called Breath.

The Hue People

The Hue People

Opera singer William Clarence Marshall III started with the Negro spiritual Wade in the Water and merged in Joshua fit the battle of Jericho.



William Clarence Marshall III

William Clarence Marshall III

He then sang No more auction block for me.



William Clarence Marshall III

He also performed Go Down Moses.



William Clarence Marshall III

The event continued with inspirational and educational speeches.

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Leading the Invocation

Leading the Invocation


Dr. Eugene Jordan

Dr. Eugene Jordan


Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad


Telling about the African American Cultural Garden

Telling about the African American Cultural Garden


Telling about the African American Cultural Garden


Akil Hashim

Akil Hashim


Kids holding flag


Khalid Samad and Zack Reed

Khalid Samad and Zack Reed


Marching with red, green and black flag


Marching with red, green and black flag


Speaker for Black History Month in Cleveland


Speaker for Black History Month in Cleveland


Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed


Speaker for Black History Month in Cleveland


Akil Hashim

Akil Hashim


Speaker for Black History Month in Cleveland


Black fist raised


African flag cake


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