David Stradling

Historian to speak about racial, environmental issues in Cleveland

David Stradling

February 25, 2017

7:00 pm

Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264

David Stradling’s presentation is part of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Lyceum Lecture Series. The Lyceum series brings experts on history, adventure, and the natural world to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to share in-depth and engaging stories and discoveries.

Stradling will transport you back to Cleveland in 1969, when Carl Stokes was in office as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Cleveland was in the midst of an environmental crisis that culminated in the Cuyahoga River fire. The city was facing other challenges such as poverty, racism, and housing issues - all of which demanded Stokes’ attention. Stradling will address the city’s conflicted relationship with one of its most iconic historic events. He explores why the recovery of the Cuyahoga River and the revival of neighborhoods along its shores contrasts so sharply with the persistence of the city’s racial and economic divide.

Sponsors: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Registration/Ticketing: Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Buy tickets online at forcvnp.org/cvi or by calling 330-657-2909, option 4.

Pamela Barnes, 440-546-5994 pamela_barnes@nps.gov