Valarie McCall Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Class of 2020
Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.
Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for the 2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony for the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.
On the evening of June 7, 2022 Valarie was finally honored in person and was inducted by Albert Ratner.
As the former Chief of Communications, Government and International Affairs for the City of Cleveland, McCall served as a trusted advisor and cabinet member in the administration of the city's longest serving mayor, Frank G. Jackson. Prior to the Jackson administration, McCall served in the White and Campbell Administrations and was the youngest City Clerk and Clerk of Council in Cleveland's history.
She was Cleveland's primary representative for Sister Cities International building relationships all over the world. Cleveland ethnic groups appreciated Ms. McCall for helping open up the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda for their heritage events and celebrations.
Before he inducts Valarie McCall, Albert Ratner gives some wise words about immigration, population and the City of Cleveland. Watch the video of Valarie McCall being inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Albert Ratner
Enjoy these images from the Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction ceremony.