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Black History Month 2012

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

One of the key components of Black History Month is to let people know about some of the achievements of African-Americans. That was the focus of this event at Cleveland City Hall. Yvonne Pointer served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the noon-time event.

Yvonne Pointer at Cleveland City Hall

Yvonne Pointer



Yvonne Pointer



Ms. Pointer introduced Dr. Jill Barry who spoke about African-American medical firsts and contributions.

Dr. Jill Barry

Dr. Jill Barry



Part 1

Dr. Jill Barry



Part 2



Next, Kandie Ezell sang a powerful rendition of a Gospel song.

Kandie Ezell singing

Kandie Ezell



Kandie Ezell singing



Laveta Parker from the City of Cleveland's Community Relations department spoke about African-Americans and classical music.

Laveta Parker

Laveta Parker



Laveta Parker


Vince Holland spoke about some well-known and some not so well known African-Americans. This included a story about Olympic Gold Medalist and Cleveland's own Harrison Dillard.

Vince Holland

Vince Holland



Vince Holland


Valarie Harvey spoke about the role of sit-ins in the Civil Rights movement, specifically the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Valarie Harvey

Valarie Harvey



Valarie Harvey


The last speaker was Barbara Anderson who told about some little known facts about African Americans. She said Black history did not begin and end with slavery.

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson



Barbara Anderson


After closing remarks, attendees enjoyed samples from B&M Bar B Que.

Black History month at Cleveland City Hall


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