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.
David Gallagher, Special Events Manager at City of Cleveland, served as MC for the event.
The opening invocation was offered by Pastor Grady Stevenson.
Pastor Grady Stevenson
Mayor Frank G. Jackson welcomed the crowd.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson
The Mayor was followed by Councilman Kevin Kelley and Director Blaine Griffin.
Councilman Kevin Kelley
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.
The Alpha Step Crew performed twice at the ceremony.
Yvonne Pointer introduced the Guest Speaker, Margaret Bernstein.
The title of Ms. Bernstein's address was Marching Orders.
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."
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.
Jacqueline Muhammad spoke about the importance of mentoring youth and announced a special scholarship that the City is creating for College Now.
Lee Friedman, Jacqueline Muhammad, Yvonne Pointer and
Congratulations to the Black History Month committee for an uplifitng month of events.
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
Posing with the Mayor
Jacqueline Muhammad and Yvonne Pointer
James Gardner from Tri-C
Margaret Bernstein with award
Blaine Griffin, Kevin Kelley, Margaret Bernstein and Mayor Frank Jackson
Mayor Jackson, Margaret Bernstein and Yvonne Pointer enjoying the Alpha Step Crew
Pastor Grady Stevenson and Director Blaine Griffin