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On November 7, 1967, the citizens of Cleveland elected Carl B. Stokes mayor. Stokes became the first black mayor of a major American city, a considerable feat in a majority-white metropolis. During his two terms as mayor, from 1968-1972, Stokes represented all Clevelanders and sought to universally improve the city’s neighborhoods, while simultaneously attending to issues of civil rights, economic justice, and police brutality.

This year, the 50th anniversary of Stokes’ election, Cuyahoga Community College’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center has organized a yearlong community initiative to commemorate the contribution of Mayor Carl Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, to the city. As one part of the multifaceted programming being offered during the Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future commemoration, Urban History Association member Todd Michney, Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech, led a one-week seminar sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative. During the second week of July, twelve faculty, instructors, and graduate students from Case Western Reserve (CWRU) and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) joined Michney for “Carl B. Stokes and Black Political Power in Cleveland: A 50-Year Retrospective.”

Carl Stokes: Profile of a pioneer

Excellent collection of essays about Carl Stokes from in 2007

Carl Stokes: Profile of a pioneer 11/4/2007
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Related: The new mayor brought hope, but did the dreams die?

More: 1845 paper reveals family’s slavery link

Editorial: Battling status quo, making a difference

Dick Feagler: Carl Stokes’ bright star rolled back the gloom – for a time

Phillip Morris: Pool analogy apt for Carl Stokes’ finesse

Thomas Suddes: The first barrier Carl Stokes broke was in the Statehouse

In-depth: Listen to the voices of people who lived the days of change, see photos and much more.


Martin Luther King in Cleveland aggregation

Cuyahoga County website devoted to #MLK in CLE/NE Ohio

Video Vault: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland from WEWS

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speech Here in 1967 Remembered by Those Who Were There – Plain Dealer

Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland: Hear His Voice Ring Out Again – Plain Dealer

Photos of Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland – Plain Dealer

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Glenville High School preserved on little-known recording (audio) – Plain Dealer

Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland: How The Plain Dealer Covered Him

King’s Speech – Cleveland Magazine

When Martin Luther King Jr. Brought His Fight to Cleveland- Ideastream 1/16/2017

Cuyahoga River Fire aggregation

1 How a Burning River Helped Create the Clean Water Act 4.17.15 (Allegheny Front)
2 The fable of the burning river, 45 years later Washington Post 6.22.2014
3 After the flames: The story behind the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire and its recovery (Plain Dealer 1/4/2009)
4 Cuyahoga River Fire From Cleveland Historical
5 “Burn On, Big River…” Cuyahoga River Fires The Pop History Dig
6 Cuyahoga River from Wikipedia
7 History Day Website on The Cuyahoga River Fire
8 Growth of The Cuyahoga River: The Ebb and Flow of the River
9 Don’t Fall in the River

10 Cuyahoga River Documentaries

11 Cuyahoga River Online Exhibit from the Great Lakes Industrial History Center.

12 Cuyahoga River Restoration

13 Along the Cuyahoga Audio Program from WCPN