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2017

2017 Glenville Parade

The annual Glenville Parade took place on Saturday August 12, 2017 to kick off the Glenville Community Festival. The annual Glenville Parade and Festival is led by Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson.

Royal Diamond Youngsters

Royal Diamond Youngsters at the Glenville Parade

Photos and video of the 2017 Glenville Parade


Juneteenth Celebration in the African American Cultural Garden

The annual Juneteenth celebration was held in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 17, 2017.

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers at Juneteenth event

Photos and videos from the 2017 Juneteenth event in Cleveland


Umoja (Unity) Parade 2017 in Cleveland

Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity". On Saturday June 3, 2017 the 7th annual Umoja Parade and Festival was held in downtown Cleveland stepping off at East 13th and Superior and ending up at Voinovich Park.

2017 Umoja Parade in Cleveland - drummers-Golden Ciphers

Photos and videos from the 2017 Umoja Parade in Cleveland


2016

Juneteenth and African American Cultural Garden Ribbon Cutting

June 18, 2016

The annual Juneteenth celebration was held in the African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 18, 2016. The event was special because it included the ribbon-cutting and dedication of Phase 1 of the African American Cultural Garden.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson at Phase 1 of the African American Garden


See photos and videos from the ceremony in the African American Garden


Judge Sara Harper honored

Outhwaite Community Center - February 29, 2016

The Committee on Arrangements; Ohio Republican Party, Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, Sara J. Harper Leadership Institute, I Group, The Committee of 40, Lauren A. Gore, esq., WEA, Inc., LA Gore & Principals and the Inner City Republican Movement hosted a Community Black History Celebration honoring the Life & Achievement of Judge Sara J. Harper. Her illustrious career spans the decades, as one who has toppled barriers, and made history.

Judge Sara Harper

Judge Sara Harper


See photos and a video from the ceremony for Judge Sara Harper


Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda - February 6, 2016
Members of the Underground Railroad Society, Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood and other community organizations gathered at the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall for the 42nd annual Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony.

Black History Month group at Cleveland City Hall

Some of the attendees

See photos and a video from the ceremony at Cleveland City Hall


2015

Jane B. Sheats receives Freedom Award

The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM) celebrated their 51st annual Christmas Luncheon and Freedom Award recognitions on December 19, 2015.

Lia Staaf, Gary Kotlarsic, Jane B. Sheats and the band Harmonia were honored.

Jane B. Sheats is a lifelong Glenville resident and in 1976 became the first African American woman in the United States to chair a county board of elections.

Judge Ralph Perk, Jane B. Sheats and Judge Ray Pianka

Judge Ralph Perk, Jane B. Sheats and Judge Ray Pianka


Photos/videos of the ANM Event

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Rainey Institute String Orchestra

The Rainey Institute String Orchestra played at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum on October 4, 2015.

Rainey Institute String Orchestra at Cleveland Art Museum


Photos and Video of Rainey Institute String Orchestra


RIP Congressman Louis Stokes

Born on February 23, 1925 in Cleveland Ohio, Louis Stokes is one of two very famous children born to Charles and Louise Stokes. The other, of course, is his younger brother Carl, the one time Mayor of Cleveland.

Louis Stokes in June 2007 (photo by Dan Hanson)

Congressman Louis Stokes in June 2007


Read of their journey from Cleveland's Projects to Historic Achievements in the 2007 profile of Congressman Louis Stokes by Debbie Hanson.


Congressman Louis Stokes Photo Page

Congressman Stokes was kind enough to share with us many photos from his life for his profile. See him with Jim Brown, Bill Cosby, Al Gore and others.

Louis, Carl, and Louise Stokes (Carl just returned from New York for a book signing)

Carl Stokes, mother Louise Stokes and Louis Stokes

Congressman Louis Stokes Photo Page.


38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson has kept the annual Glenville Parade and festival going each year. The 2015 event was the 38th annual.

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson


4 pages of photos and videos from the Glenville Parade and Festival


Central State University Charleston Heritage Blazing Steel Band

The Central State University Charleston Heritage Blazing Steel Band performed at the 38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade. After the parade, they put on this performance at the Festival.



More video highlights from the Glenville Parade and Festival


2015 Juneteenth Event

The African-American Cultural Garden in Cleveland opened their new office on Central at East 79th by hosting a celebration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

Karamu actor Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

2015 Juneteenth celebration in Cleveland


5th Annual Umoja Parade and Festival

Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity". On Saturday June 6, 2015 the 5th annual Umoja Parade and Festival was held in downtown Cleveland.

See photo and video highlights from the Umoja Parade including Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, Shaw High School Marching Band and the African-American Cultural Garden.

Shaw High School Marching Band at Umoja Parade in Cleveland

Shaw High School Marching Band

Highlights of the 2015 Umoja Parade


K.A.T. at Umoja Parade and Festival

Khamia, A'Shontay and Talia (K.A.T.) sang the Michelle Williams song 'When Jesus say yes, nobody can say no' just before the 2015 Cleveland African-American Umoja Parade.

Khamia, A'Shontay and Talia (K.A.T.)

Khamia, A'Shontay and Talia (K.A.T.)

K.A.T. at Umoja Parade


African American Cultural Garden Groundbreaking

The African American Cultural Garden is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF). The CCGF is the group of dedicated volunteers who clean up the Gardens, plant flowers, shrubs and trees and raise money for statues and monuments. There are almost 30 gardens in the CCGF chain along East and MLK Boulevards in Cleveland.

For over 30 years there was a plot reserved for the African American Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd. There was a sign and some events were held there but progress was slow. Now, Phase 1 of the Garden has begun. This was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony in the African American Cultural Garden on Monday May 11, 2015.

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Main Ceremony page

Dancers, drummers and Groundbreaking page

People at the Ceremony page


Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

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.

Khalid Samad

Khalid Samad on City Hall steps


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City of Cleveland Black History Month Opening Ceremony

The City of Cleveland’s 2015 Black History Month celebration kicked-off Monday, February 2, 2015. This year’s theme “Cleveland’s Future: We are in Good Hands,” was chosen to highlight, share and learn about the many endeavors, accomplishments and future plans of our African American community.

Cleveland Black History Month program - photo by Ruggero Fatica, City of Cleveland


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Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Hue People performed an a cappella version of Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem, at a celebration of Black History Month at Cleveland City Hall on February 7, 2015.




Cleveland Clinic MLK Day of Celebration

The annual Cleveland Clinic MLK Day of Celebration took place at the Cleveland Convention Center on January 16, 2015. Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove, MD presented the Lifetime of Service Award to the Honorable Louis Stokes, US House of Representatives (retired). The keynote speaker was Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation.

Ursula Burns, Louis Stokes and Toby Cosgrove

Ursula Burns, Louis Stokes and Toby Cosgrove


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Cleveland Clinic MLK Day Interfaith Community Service

The annual Cleveland Clinic MLK Day of Celebration took place at the Cleveland Convention Center on January 16, 2015. It began with an Interfaith Community Service.

linked arms in group singalong of We Shall Overcome

Singing We Shall Overcome


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2014

John Hay graduate Dameon Smith making us proud

A Cleveland, Ohio native and 1999 John Hay High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a hand-picked crew charged with bringing the Navy's newest aircraft carrier into service.

Petty Officer Second Class Dameon Smith is a legalman aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half century.

Smith and the rest of the 1000-Sailor crew are slowly bringing the ship to life, a crew that will eventually grow to more than 4,500 when the ship is at sea. When complete, the aircraft carrier, powered by two nuclear reactors, will measure more than three football fields long at 1,092 feet in length and will weigh more than 100,000 tons. It will be capable of sailing at nearly 35 mph and will carry more than 75 Navy aircraft.

"Petty Officer Smith plays a vital role in preparing our Nation's newest and most technologically advanced warship for sea,"¯ said Ford's Commanding Officer, Capt. John F. Meier. "We have the opportunity to build this command with the ideals of our namesake and we are creating the command climate and a culture of excellence that we have always wanted. This crew is setting that standard, a standard that will last for the 50-plus year life of the ship."

¯As one of the sailors who will commission the ship, Smith, who enlisted 11 years ago, has the opportunity to see firsthand the innovations being incorporated into the design of the ship; from a redesigned flight deck to allow for more efficient aircraft operations to equipment that requires less maintenance.

As the crew grows and works toward the goal of joining the fleet in 2016, Smith and other Gerald R. Ford sailors will be will be accepting spaces on the ship, training to operate it and building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

Training for the crew has to come from some unique sources. There are no Navy schools for some of the new equipment, so the crew is partnering with Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding and other vendors to master the new systems.

"This is a unique opportunity to see first-hand how the systems are installed and tested, which is an advantage that future crews won't have an opportunity to experience,"¯ said Meier. "Petty Officer Smith and his shipmates are becoming the subject matter experts. They are working hand in hand with the Shipyard throughout the testing phase and in turn teaching the Navy how to operate this new class of aircraft carriers."¯

Smith said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, helping to build a crew and a ship from scratch, something he never expected to be doing just a couple years ago. He also said he is proud of the work he is doing to help commission and man the Navy's newest aircraft carrier.

As a 33-year-old with numerous responsibilities, Smith said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. "I've learned to take advice from the leadership from my throughout my career and apply it to my everyday life,"¯ said Smith. "I take the things I've been told in the past and apply it to my life to accomplish my goals, which makes me a better person."

Smith adds he is ready to accept the sacrifices the Navy and his country are asking him to make. This humbling reward is being a part of something much bigger than he ever expected.

Like the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that came before it, USS Gerald R. Ford's mission is to protect and defend America on the world's oceans. When the ship deploys it will bring four-and-a-half acres of survivable, sovereign U.S. territory, increasing the Navy's strike capability and defending the country's interests in any region of the world.

The ship is scheduled to commission in spring 2016.

Petty Officer Second Class Dameon Smith is a legalman aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford.

Petty Officer Second Class Dameon Smith is a legalman
aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford.



Cleveland Peace Camp end of camp Celebration of Peace

Coalition for a Better Life, dba Peace in the Hood, is dedicated to Peace, Justice and Empowerment. Peace In The Hood is a youth violence, prevention, intervention and educational program that promotes personal responsibility, empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Peace Camp is an annual summer program that brings youth together to learn to focus on what they have in common-not their differences. They have come to learn their culture, their history, nonviolent crisis intervention and mediation and to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. The end of camp celebration took place on July 31, 2014 at 13512 Kinsman Road in Cleveland.

Cleveland Peace Camp 2014 drummers

Cleveland Peace Camp 2014 drummers


3 pages of Photos and Videos from the Peace Camp event


Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade

The Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade took place on May 31, 2014. Umoja is the Swahili word for Unity. The parade went down Superior to East Ninth and then down the hill to the Festival in Voinovich Park. The parade included Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and more.

Buffalo Soldier

Buffalo Soldier at the Umoja Parade



Photos and Videos from the Parade


Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony at Cleveland City Hall

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.

African-American flag raised over Cleveland City Hall


Photos and videos from the event


2013

WIN NEO Holiday Diversity Party

The 4th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland on December 4, 2013. The event was put on by Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) Northeast Ohio in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Performances included a Motown Revue, Hand Drumming and various dances (Shim Sham, Shuffle off to Buffalo, etc.)

Spirit of the Drum

Spirit of the Drum performance


See more of the performances from the event


Shaw HS Dixieland Band with Giant Puppets

Members of the Shaw High School Marching Band from East Cleveland, Ohio played Dixieland music as they paraded with giant colorful puppets throughout the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art at International Cleveland Community Day on October 10, 2013. The act is called Progeny.




One World Day hosted by African-American Garden

The African-American Cultural Garden was the host garden for the 2013 One World Day festival.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke at the annual One World Day festival in the African-American Garden which is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain in Cleveland Ohio. He told how Cleveland's ethnic diversity makes it a great city.

Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, introduced the Shaw High School Marching Band who performed the national anthem at the annual One World Day festival in the African-American Garden.



Students from Michael R. White Elementary School in Cleveland led the new citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Naturalization Ceremony at the annual One World Day.




2013 Glenville Parade

Ward 8 Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, Parade organizer Wendy McDonald Hunter and the Glenville Community Foundation hosted the annual (now in it's 36th year) Glenville Community Parade & Festival.

The annual Glenville Parade kicked off at East 105th and Superior and marched down 105 to St Clair where it continued down to Sam Miller Park for a Festival at 88th and St Clair.

Glenville Parade banner


Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson

Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson


Video of the Parade and 3 pages of photos


Ruby Dee Mural Unveiling at Karamu House

Sankofa Fine Art Plus commissioned nationally renowned muralist Kent Twitchell to work with select local artists and community members to honor one of Karamu House's most successful alums, Ruby Dee. The mural was officially unveiled in a ceremony on July 26, 2013.

Besdies speeches and presentations, the event featured some terrific performances by 2 young students and Prester Picket from CSU.

Devores Denson and Demetria McCullogh

Student performers Devores Denson and Demetria McCullogh

Posing in front of the new Ruby Dee mural at Karamu House

Posing in front of the new Ruby Dee mural at Karamu House


Photos and Videos from the Launch including performances


Peace in the Hood Peace Camp Performance

The violence in our cities has become a routine part of the daily news. Peace in the Hood is focusing on solutions. For 6 weeks, 40 youth of all ages, from all areas of Cleveland, from public, private and charter schools and all social economic levels have come together to learn to focus on what they have in common-not their differences. They have come to learn their culture, their history, nonviolent crisis intervention and mediation and to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Peace in the Hood Peace Camp students

Peace in the Hood Peace Camp students


2 pages of photos and videos of Peace Camp

Ruby Dee Mural at Karamu House

Sankofa Fine Art Plus has commissioned nationally renowned muralist Kent Twitchell to work with select local artists and community members to honor one of Karamu House's most successful alumnus, Ruby Dee. The mural will be 40-by-36-feet.

Karamu House historical marker

Karamu House historical marker


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Juneteenth in the African-American Cultural Garden

In this short video clip, Carl S. Ewing, head of the African-American Cultural Garden committee in Cleveland Ohio explains the significance of Juneteenth and says it is not just a celebration for Texas or the South. Juneteenth will be celebrated in the African-American Cultural Garden in Cleveland on June 15, 2013. We hope to see you there.




Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade

The Cleveland African-American heritage Umoja Parade took place on June 8, 2013. Umoja is the Swahili word for Unity.

The parade went down Superior to East Ninth and then down the hill to the Festival in Voinovich Park. The parade included Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, the Shaw High School Marching Band and more.

Tuskegee Airmen


Tuskegee Airmen


Shaw High School Marching Band

Shaw High School Marching Band


3 Pages of Photos and videos from the Cleveland African-American Heritage Umoja Parade


Colonel Charles Young

Colonel Charles Young was a Buffalo Soldier and was the third African American graduate of West Point, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attaché, first black to achieve the rank of colonel, and highest-ranking black officer in the United States Army until his death in 1922. There is a monument to Colonel Young at East 46th and Prospect in Cleveland.

Colonel Charles Young monument in Cleveland

Colonel Charles Young monument in Cleveland


See more about Charles Young and the Cleveland monument

The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization who works to protect land for people, worked with the National Park Service to create the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio. It is not yet open to the public, however they will be hosting a day on the land there on Thursday, June 13, 2013 where there will be interpretive tours.

The Cleveland office of The Trust for Public Land said, "The event is free - and quite a long drive from Cleveland - but I wanted to extend an invite to anyone who wishes to attend."


Welcome to Shelbyville

Author, entrepreneur and activist Mansfield Frazier spoke on a panel after viewing the film Welcome to Shelbyville at a Welcoming America reception at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland.

He said that many in the African-American community feel that they were not helped but that people are offering help to immigrants.




Cleveland Marathon

Congratulations to the African-American Cultural Garden who showed the most support of all the Gardens as the runners from the Cleveland Marathon passed through on Sunday. They won a $500 gift card from Petitti Garden Centers. Congratulations!

The Irish Cultural Garden came in second and won a $150 gift card from Petitti. What a beautiful venue for a race!

African-American Garden group at the Cleveland Marathon

African-American Garden group at the Cleveland Marathon


Debbie Hanson presents a $500 Petitti gift card to Carl Ewing of the African-American Garden

Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com presents a $500 Petitti gift card to Carl Ewing of the African-American Garden


See more from the Marathon at the African-American Cultural Garden


Tuskegee Airman Thomas Austin - "We couldn't fail"

Thomas Austin was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was responsible for keeping the planes in the air.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. They fought in fought in World War II and were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps.

Mr. Austin spoke, at 96 years old, at an event in Cleveland. He said "We couldn't fail because we had the Father directing us."




Street Violence: Guns, Gangs, and Guiding our Youth
Curtis Donald and Amir El-Hajj Khalid A. Samad
City Club of Cleveland
April 24, 2013

Two experienced leaders with hands-on experience spoke to a group of youths and community leaders at the City Club of Cleveland on April 24, 2013. The forum discussion was titled Street Violence: Guns, Gangs, and Guiding our Youth.

Curtis Donald and Khalid Samad at the City Club of Cleveland

Curtis Donald and Khalid Samad



Urban League Guild and Verizon Everyday Heroes
Quicken Loans Arena
March 1, 2013

Everyday Heroes is an awards program created by Verizon to recognize modern day heroes who make a difference in their communities and who touch the lives of others.

6 outstanding Clevelanders were recognized at a special ceremony.

Everyday heroes Hank Davis, Laura Cowan and Dan Davenport

Everyday Heroes Hank Davis, Laura Cowan and Dan Davenport



Alpha Step Crew
Black History Month Crowning Event ceremony
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall
February 28, 2013

The Alpha Step Crew, part of the Alpha ESQuires Club, a youth development program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter performed at the closing ceremony of Black History Month in City Hall. Photos and Videos.

Alpha Step Crew

Alpha Step Crew



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

Black History Month ended with 'The Crowning Event' ceremony in the City Hall Rotunda on February 28, 2013. The focus was on youth, education and mentoring. A keynote address was given by Margaret Bernstein, columnist at the Plain Dealer.

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

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



2012

Ames Family Atrium Opening
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

Members of the musical group Progeny from Shaw High School and Heritage Middle School paraded through the new Ames Family Atrium with the Quixote puppets from Parade the Circle.

Members of the musical group Progeny from Shaw High School and Heritage Middle School paraded through the new Ames Family Atrium with the Quixote puppets from Parade the Circle.

Progeny Parade


African-American Cultural Garden table at the Atrium

African-American Cultural Garden table at the Atrium



African-American Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

African-American Cultural Garden at One World Day

African-American Cultural Garden at One World Day



2012 Glenville Parade and Festival
Photos and videos from the Parade

Parade Grand Marshall Harry Boomer

Glenville Parade Grand Marshall Harry Boomer



Juneteenth celebration in African-American Cultural Garden

Group in African-American Garden on Juneteenth

Mr Johnnie & Barbara Jackson, Mrs. Jonnie Wallace, Mrs.Ernestine Williams, Mrs. Erma Pride, Mrs. Charie Mae Guest, Carl S. Ewing,
Phanawn Bailey, Angela Bailey and Kamryn Bailey



Women of Color Foundation Inaugural Hall of Fame and 10th Anniversary Celebration
June 2, 2012

Alexandria Boone, Mike Dunston and Shay Harris

Women of Color Founder Alexandria Boone with WEWS Channel 5's Mike Dunston and Shay Harris



2nd annual Cleveland African-American Parade
June 2, 2012

Buffalo Soldier in the Parade

Buffalo Soldier in the Parade



Drum competition and performances
African-American Festival
June 2, 2012

CMSD and Glenville drummers

CMSD and Glenville drummers



Carter G. Woodson family honored in Cleveland
June 2, 2012

Mayor Frank Jackson and Thelma Woodson Phillips

Mayor Frank Jackson and Thelma Woodson Phillips



African-American Festival in Cleveland
Libation ceremony, Kung Fu demo and more
June 2, 2012

Boy with African Flag



Cleveland's 216th Birthday Celebration Launch
Cleveland Is 216.
February 16 (2-16) 2012 - Tower City

people wearing new Ohio Homecoming t-shirts


Mother's Day Peace Party with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks Cleveland Public Library - May 12, 2012
Featuring a performance of A Conversation between Icons written by Raj Pillai.

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

Martin Luther King (Leon Bibb), Rosa Parks (Sherrie Tolliver)
and Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Pillai)



Little Known Black History Facts
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda - February 14, 2012

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

Sherry Cloud and Jacqueline Muhammad from Cleveland Hopkins Airport flank painting of Michelle Obama

Sherry Cloud and Jacqueline Muhammad from Cleveland Hopkins Airport
at the City Hall ceremony



2011

Rev Dr Otis Moss Jr and Congressman Louis Stokes

Rev Dr Otis Moss Jr and Congressman Louis Stokes at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


See photos and video of Rev Moss and Congressman Stokes from the ceremony.


2011 Glenville Parade
Video highlights and Photos - August 13, 2011

Cleveland Glenville Parade Grand Marshall Wayne Dawson

2011 Glenville Parade Grand Marshall Wayne Dawson



The world-famous Shaw High School Marching Band
Glenville Parade August 13, 2011

Shaw High School Marching Band

Shaw High School Marching Band



2011 Glenville Community Festival
August 13, 2011

Wendy McDonald Hunter and Counciulmna Jeffrey Johnson

Glenville Parade and Festival organizers Wendy McDonald Hunter and Councilman Jeffrey Johnson



Juneteenth in African-American Garden
June 19, 2011 - Photos and Video

Tamia Reed

African-American Garden volunteers
Timia Redd and Trinity Rolling on Juneteenth



African-American Parade in downtown Cleveland
June 4, 2011 - Photos and Video

African American Garden at the Parade



African-American Festival in Voinovich Park
After the Parade on June 4, 2011 - Photos and videos

Cast of Boys Pull Your Pants Up at the Festival

Cast of 'Boys Pull Your Pants Up' at the Festival



The Rev Dr. Otis Moss Jr. was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Congressman Louis Stokes inducted Rev. Moss.


A Salute to Black History Month
took place at a Flag Raising ceremony at Cleveland City Halll on February 5, 2011.

African-American flag raising at Cleveland City Hall

Members of Peace in the Hood and other organizations gathered at City Hall for the ceremony.


In a play at a Republic Day of India celebration on January 22, 2011, Pastor Kenneth Knox portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a play titled 'Mortal Men & Women and their Immortal Words'

The entire play was very well done and included portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, Mahtama Gandhi, Mother Teresa and others.

Here is the performance as Pastor Knox recreates the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Pastor Kenneth Knox as Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Pastor Kenneth Knox as Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on screen at Republic Day in Cleveland


Jesse Owens Way Street Dedication
Downtown Cleveland November 15, 2010

Gloria Owens and Harrison Dillard

Jesse Owens' daughter Gloria Owens and Harrison Dillard


Tuskegee Airman Arthur Saunders at the 2010 Cleveland Air Show

Tuskegee Airman Arthur Saunders at the 2010 Cleveland Air Show


Raissa Batieno from Kenya

Raissa Batieno from Kenya at CSU International Day 2009



South African Gumboot Dance by Cleveland State students
African-Americans at One World day in Cleveland 2007

African-Americans at One World Day in Cleveland


Juneteenth Celebration - June 19, 2009
Videos and Photos from the African American Cultural Gardens

Peace in the Hood students on Juneteenth

Peace in the Hood celebrants on Juneteenth


Universal Sisters at Cleveland Clinic - August 23, 2008

Cleveland Cavaliers Black Heritage Celebration - Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Night
Quicken Loans Arena - January 23, 2008

Women Entrepreneurs of America 5th Annual Red Carpet Awards Program May 12, 2007



Organizations and Resources for African-Americans in Cleveland


African-American Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Tips for Tracing African-American Roots

Consortium of African American Organizations

Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Submit your Cleveland African-American organizations and resources.

Business, Education and Employment Information

Booker T. Washington statue in Cleveland Ohio

Booker T. Washington statue in Cleveland


Submit your Cleveland African-American jobs, classes and other opportunities.


Cleveland African-American Feedback and Memories


Western Reserve Historical Society - Carl Stokes and Louis Stokes

Western Reserve Historical Society - Carl and Louis Stokes Exhibit




Mayor Carl B. Stokes Tribute event
A blast from the past!

1971 Cotillion and Dance sponsored by Glenville Area Neighborhood Council
Another blast from the past!

Congressman Louis Stokes
Listen to an interview with the Congressman

Robert F. Kennedy Speech after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death
April 4, 1968, Indianapolis, Indiana


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African-American History and Culture


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Colonel Charles Young was a Buffalo Soldier and was the third African American graduate of West Point, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attaché, first black to achieve the rank of colonel, and highest-ranking black officer in the United States Army until his death in 1922. There is a monument to Colonel Young at East 46th and Prospect in Cleveland.

Colonel Charles Young monument in Cleveland

Colonel Charles Young monument in Cleveland


See more about Charles Young and the Cleveland monument


Jesse Owens statue in downtown Cleveland Ohio

Jesse Owens statue in downtown Cleveland


Hashim El Raman plays Mbira music at a Cleveland Ohio festival in June 2009. The mbira is the national instrument of Zimbabwe and has been played by the Shona people for thousands of years. It is also called the thumb piano.






Inventor Garret Morgan - Historical marker in Cleveland




Map of Africa


18' Jazzman statue on East 118th and Buckeye
The jazz motif is to honor the annual Jazz and Blues festival on Buckeye

Urban Art Jazz man statue at East 118th and Buckeye in Cleveland Ohio



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Profiles of African-Americans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Connie Atkins

Stacey Bell

Virgil E. Brown

Austin Carr

Juanita Garner Carrothers

Barbara Danforth

Dan Davenport

Harry Davis

Harrison Dillard

Dr. Wanda Green

Fannie Lewis

Madeline Manning Mims

Charlie Sifford

Mae Stewart

Congressman Louis Stokes

Andre Thornton

Andrew Venable

Valarie Willis



Charlie Sifford, the Jackie Robinson of Golf, with Tiger Woods

Charlie Sifford, the Jackie Robinson of Golf



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please let us know.
Nigerian-American Catholics at Cleveland Catholic Fest

Nigerian-American Catholics at Cleveland Catholic Fest

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