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Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Drop-In Tours

Docents share the stories behind the photos, photographers and historic events in our 4,000-square-foot special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of The Civil Rights Movement

The story of ordinary people who stood up to change America, this exhibition’s videos, 3D structures and 157 powerful black-and-white photos bring racial divides past and present into... MORE

January 15, 2017

40th Annual Birthday Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Event featuring musical performances by Pastor Marvin L. Winans and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. No reserved seating. Auditorium seating for the live... MORE

January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! The Cleveland Orchestra’s 37th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. takes place at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 15, at 7:00... MORE

January 16, 2017

Hear Our Voices: Martin Luther King, JR. Celebration

See how the iconic civil rights leader and everyday citizens risked everything to change America in This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, share a cause you would... MORE

January 17, 2017

Future Leaders Dreaming Forward - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University present the 26th Annual Celebration brunch honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Future Leaders - Dreaming... MORE

January 19, 2017

The Catholic Church and Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide Revisited

John Carroll University welcomes the Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, who will speak on race relations and the Catholic Church. During this past year, the... MORE

January 22, 2017

Jazz, Civil Rights & Carl Stokes

Cleveland: here’s the first of many special events our “Spirit of the Groove” series is presenting as we begin to celebrate Carl Stokes throughout 2017. Cleveland... MORE

January 25, 2017

In Their Footsteps

Join the Maltz Museum, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, The City Club and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for the kickoff of a year-long celebration of Carl... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Drop-In Tours

Docents share the stories behind the photos, photographers and historic events in our 4,000-square-foot special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of The Civil Rights Movement

The story of ordinary people who stood up to change America, this exhibition’s videos, 3D structures and 157 powerful black-and-white photos bring racial divides past and present into... MORE

February 2, 2017

Reflecting on the Stokes Brothers' Legacy

A special Black History Month showcase exhibiting the original artwork and performance material created by the youth participants of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program,... MORE

February 3, 2017

It's Time to Talk 2017: Foundation for Change

If not us, who? If not now, when? After two successful years of hosting the It’s Time to Talk forum of race, we have engaged more than 1,000 women and men in conversations about... MORE

February 8, 2017

The Legacy of Rabbi Lelyveld

Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld became an important Jewish voice during the Civil Rights Movement, especially following the publication of an iconic Herbert Randall photograph documenting the aftermath of... MORE

February 9, 2017

Black History on Tap

At our signature happy hour event, History on Tap is going all-out to celebrate Black History Month – Cleveland style! Enjoy an evening full of food, drinks, and entertainment, while... MORE

February 9, 2017

We The People – Live at Metro

We the People is a series of campus conversations at the Metro campus, representing an open dialogue on race, politics, and civic engagement. Current and former student actors... MORE

February 10, 2017

Reflecting on the Stokes Brothers' Legacy

A special Black History Month showcase exhibiting the original artwork and performance material created by the youth participants of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program,... MORE

February 15, 2017

2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) African American Read-In

The African American Read-In (AARI), established by the Black Caucus of NCTE, is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to... MORE

February 15, 2017

Activism: Then and Now

Examine the current status of social justice activism, the media’s role and the notion of “slacktivism.” Rhonda Y. Williams, PhD, Founder and Director of the Social... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 23, 2017

The Value Gap and the Age of Trump

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Ph.D.,William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, coined the term... MORE

February 23, 2017

Cavaliers 13th Annual Black Heritage Celebration

After celebrating the achievements of Carl & Louis Stokes last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers will again empower fans to carry the Stokes vision forward by honoring inspiring young leaders... MORE

February 24, 2017

SOLD OUT: The Jemima Code: The Evolution of Soul Food

Cuyahoga Community College's Hospitality Management students will present their interpretation of a contemporary Soul Food dish as they compete in a battle of skills for the... MORE

February 24, 2017

Reflecting on the Stokes Brothers' Legacy

A special Black History Month showcase exhibiting the original artwork and performance material created by the youth participants of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program,... MORE

February 25, 2017

David Stradling

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... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

February 26, 2017

Hope from Within

A dance concert honoring the legacy of the Stokes brothers and the civil rights movement. MORE

February 28, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit Reception

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Drop-In Tours

Docents share the stories behind the photos, photographers and historic events in our 4,000-square-foot special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of The Civil Rights Movement

The story of ordinary people who stood up to change America, this exhibition’s videos, 3D structures and 157 powerful black-and-white photos bring racial divides past and present into... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

March 09, 2017

Myra Armstead: Cleveland, Harlem and the African-American Community 1915-1945

Join Myra Armstead for an intimate discussion on the social, cultural, economic and political re-education and innovation of African Americans in northern urban centers over these three... MORE

March 10, 2017

Entrepreneur Expo

A showcase of current and past Tri-C students who have either successfully started a business or are in the process of doing so. The event will also include a workshop and information intended to... MORE

March 15, 2017

Black Nerd Problems: Depictions of African Americans in Popular Media

From the recent success of Luke Cage to the controversy surrounding nontraditional casting in the upcoming Spiderman film, we can see how African Americans have fit, been positioned, or sometimes... MORE

March 15, 2017

SOLD OUT: Fred Talks-Inspiring the Future: Building the Next Generation of Public Sector Leadership

This event is SOLD OUT. As a part of the 1967-2017 Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future commemoration, the yearlong initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of Carl... MORE

March 16, 2017

Dream & Soar: An Evening with Captain Barrington Irving

Please join Cuyahoga Community College's Office of College Pathways Programs and Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and the Perkins Completion Program for an evening of meet and speak... MORE

March 16, 2017

An Evening of Reflection and Song

The Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness and The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. discuss the local and national impact of Carl and Louis Stokes and the Civil Rights Movement. This dynamic discussion will be... MORE

March 20, 2017

Young Adult Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely will visit to discuss their book, All American Boys. In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning novel, two teens – one black, one white –... MORE

March 23, 2017

Marilyn Tobocman Standing Up for Others: The Making of an Advocate

Having started her legal career later in life, Tobocman will share the journey which led to her becoming Principal Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights with the Ohio Attorney... MORE

March 25, 2017

Road to Hope 2017

View short works of theatre, spoken word, music and dance that celebrate hope, honor Cleveland’s social justice heritage and engage with important issues of our time. ROAD TO HOPE will... MORE

March 26, 2017

Lori Stokes Remembers Louis Stokes

Explore the political and civil rights legacy of a groundbreaking Clevelander as Lori Stokes, co-anchor of New York City’s Eyewitness News This... MORE

March 30 - April 01, 2017

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

In 1967—a time of great racial turmoil in our country—Judge Damon J. Keith was appointed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Drop-In Tours

Docents share the stories behind the photos, photographers and historic events in our 4,000-square-foot special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of The Civil Rights Movement

The story of ordinary people who stood up to change America, this exhibition’s videos, 3D structures and 157 powerful black-and-white photos bring racial divides past and present into... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

April 1-23, 2017

Between Riverside and Crazy, produced by Cleveland Play House

Ex-cop Walter "Pops" Washington is NOT one to let things go. NOT the memory of his recently deceased wife. NOT the racially-charged lawsuit he filed years ago against the NYPD. And most... MORE

April 5, 2017

Race Relations in Cleveland: An Open Discussion

Join us for an open discussion about race relations in Cleveland with Dan Moulthrop,CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, and RA Washington, local artist, poet and entrepreneur, along with... MORE

April 5, 2017

Those Who Marched: Remembering the African-American and Jewish Impact on Civil Rights

The historic relationship between the African American and Jewish communities during the Civil Rights Movement is memorialized by those who lived it. Join us for a moderated panel featuring... MORE

April 6, 2017

United Way of Greater Cleveland presents Vet Talks: Honoring our Past, Inspiring our Future

Join us to hear local news anchor Leon Bibb and other local veterans share real-life experiences on returning home from active duty. Hear about current efforts taking place in our community to... MORE

April 10, 2017

Our Voices: Democracy Re: Visited

A community forum to discuss the power and vulnerability of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The panel discussion, sponsored by a grant from the Joyce Foundation, will feature: ... MORE

April 12, 2017

Beyond the Call: Rev. Bruce Klunder & The Fight for Cleveland's Students

Rev. Bruce Klunder died tragically while protesting school segregation. C.A. Reed-Mundell leads a discussion with eyewitness and CORE activist Rachel Fair, civil rights attorney James L. Hardiman... MORE

April 14, 2017

The Transformations Suite

Created by Juilliard-trained pianist and composer, Samora Pinderhughes, The Transformations Suite is a large-scale composition that combines jazz instrumentals and spoken word to paint a picture of... MORE

April 18, 2017

Social Action: A Beacon for Student Success

Event for Tri-C Faculty only Engage in an afternoon of discussion about Social Action, and how educators can best help students succeed. Participants will have the opportunity to view the powerful... MORE

April 19, 2017

An Evening with Matt Herron

A conscientious objector during the Korean War, Matt Herron was organizing peace demonstrations when the first sit-ins occurred in Tennessee and North Carolina. Shortly after being arrested for... MORE

April 21, 2017

United Way Veterans’ Project Connect

In honor of Carl and Louis Stokes, both of whom served in the U.S Army, United Way’s Day of Service for our Veterans event will connect veterans to much-needed United Way basic... MORE

April 29, 2017

Station Hope 2017

One night a year, 200 artists from across Northeast Ohio inhabit historic St. John’s Episcopal Church—Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site and a... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Drop-In Tours

Docents share the stories behind the photos, photographers and historic events in our 4,000-square-foot special exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights... MORE

Now-May 14, 2017

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of The Civil Rights Movement

The story of ordinary people who stood up to change America, this exhibition’s videos, 3D structures and 157 powerful black-and-white photos bring racial divides past and present into... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

May 4, 2017

Living History-From Outhwaite to Advocate: Public Housing & the Stokes Legacy

Cleveland is home to some of the first public housing projects in the nation. Outhwaite Homes, Cedar Apartments and Lakeview Terrace--all built in the late 1930s--were the first public housing... MORE

May 4, 2017

Student Success Symposium

A celebration of student academic excellence at Cuyahoga Community College, recognizing exceptional achievement in the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Mandel Scholars Academy, the Robert L. Lewis... MORE

May 5, 2017

James Forman, Jr.

President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the... MORE

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Walk, Rock and Run

The 15th Annual Walk, Rock and Run is a 5k run or walk, or a 1 mile family fun walk. Registration includes free admission to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science... MORE

May 08, 2017

Tremont Think and Drink book club, discussing "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland," by David Stradling.

Tremont Think and Drink book club, discussing "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland," by David Stradling. Sponsored by Cleveland Publc Library MORE

May 13, 2017

Believe in Yourself: 27th Annual Frances M. Franklin Scholarship & Protege Luncheon

Tri-C’s Black American Council oversees the awarding of student scholarships through the Frances M. Franklin Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship honors the memory of Frances Mason... MORE

May 14, 2017

Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word

The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, who will do an original performance commissioned by the museum based on the writings and words of Carl... MORE

May 31, 2017

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties: The Election of Carl Stokes

Cleveland Stories takes you back 50 years to the historic election of Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of any major city. Not only did Stokes break important ground, but he laid out an... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

June 5, 2017

Meet Author Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is one of America's premier public intellectuals. He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, is a contributing... MORE

June 8, 2017

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Born in Washington D.C. in 1961, she... MORE

June 10, 2017

Believe in Cleveland

Believe in Cleveland, written by Daniel Gray-Kontar and directed by Tony Sias, is a narrative docudrama about the historic election of Carl B. Stokes Jr as the nation’s first... MORE

June 25 - September 17, 2017

Take a Hike Walking Tours-Canal Basin Park Tour

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the... MORE

June 29, 2017

Campfire Tales: River Stories

In 1969, Carl Stokes’ big story was dealing with the burning Cuyahoga River. Join staff from Cuyahoga Valley National Park to share stories of a river that burned and is recovering... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

February 26 - July 30 2017

Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed

This exhibition explores the daily lives of African Americans during the Civil Rights era through photographs by Louis Draper, a black fine art photographer, and Leonard Freed, a white... MORE

June 25 - September 17, 2017

Take a Hike Walking Tours-Canal Basin Park Tour

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the... MORE

July 7, 2017

Dominick Farinacci & The Stokes Legacy Jazz Orchestra

A new big band conducted by Dominick Farinacci, the Stokes Legacy Jazz Orchestra, celebrates the legacy of Carl Stokes through the history of jazz, highlighting music from Duke Ellington, Count... MORE

July 10 - July 14, 2017

Carl B. Stokes and Black Political Power in Cleveland: A 50-Year Retrospective

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. It will evaluate Mayor Stokes’ rise and legacy as our city moves... MORE

July 16, 2017

ciCLEvia

Join live entertainment centered around the lives and accomplishments of Carl and Louis Stokes. Featured performances will include the Stokes Legacy Jazz Orchestra, The Distinguished Gentlemen of... MORE

February 17 - August 18, 2017

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future – Art Exhibit

CLE in partnership with The Stokes Family, CSU, and the General Public will feature a two and three dimensional art exhibit in the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery commemorating the 50th... MORE

June 25 - September 17, 2017

Take a Hike Walking Tours-Canal Basin Park Tour

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the... MORE

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Grandparents Picnic

Free event for all ages with live entertainment, family information resources and prizes. Supported by: Cuyahoga Community College | Phyllis Cleveland, Councilwoman, Ward 6 | Kevin Conwell,... MORE

August 12, 2017

Stokes, Baseball and Hough

Baseball in Cleveland, at the amateur and professional levels, was in flux during the mid-1960s.  Cleveland had been the “Sandlot Capital of the World”, but amateur... MORE

August 21 - 22, 2017

The Presidents’ Council Annual Conference

This conference focuses on economic empowerment, particularly the impact of African American business on the economic development of our region.  The conference, designed in collaboration... MORE

June 25 - September 17, 2017

Take a Hike Walking Tours-Canal Basin Park Tour

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the... MORE

September 7, 2017

A Commemoration of the History and Legacy of Carl Stokes

THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Join us as we celebrate the legacy, contribution and leadership of Carl Stokes during his time as mayor of the city of Cleveland. A “living... MORE

Friday, September 15, 2017

Soundtrack '63

Join University Hospitals in celebrating the 50th anniversary of 50th anniversary celebration of Carl and Louis Stokes' lasting contributions to the city of Cleveland and beyond... MORE

September 27 - September 28, 2017

9th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit

The Summit brings together Clevelanders from all walks of life and provides a unique opportunity to work across sectors, foster collaboration, learn about recent innovations, and design the future... MORE

October 18, 2017

SOLD OUT: Special guest Louis Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush

EVENT SOLD OUT: While the event is sold out, you can livestream it here: https://livestream.com/accounts/7478988/events/7798610 Health disparities are the inequalities that occur in healthcare and... MORE

October 18, 2017

Gospel Music in Cleveland

Cleveland has a rich gospel music history, from Wings Over Jordan Choir, the first professional, touring black choir in the United States, to the Womack brothers and beyond. The Stokes brothers... MORE

Friday, October 20, 2017

Van Jones appearance at Cuyahoga County Public Library

Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and a history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night... MORE

October 22, 2017

The Mayor and His People

Using the music that reflected civil unrest in urban America in the 60’s, this concert will bring together generations of jazz, funk and gospel musicians.  From Oliver Nelson to... MORE

October 26-28, 2017

The Colored Museum

Written by the Tony Award-winning playwright and director, George C. Wolfe, The Colored Museum is comprised of 11 scenes or "exhibits," through which the audience is... MORE

October 29, 2017

This Light

The Concert Band of Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus opens its 2017-2018 concert season with a free concert, featuring the World Premier of Professor... MORE

November 2-4, 2017

The Colored Museum

Written by the Tony Award-winning playwright and director, George C. Wolfe, The Colored Museum is comprised of 11 scenes or "exhibits," through which the audience is... MORE

November 2, 2017

Stokes Celebration Event

Event will celebrate, recognize and showcase, through performances and video, the outcomes and impact of the yearlong Stokes initiative, and  unveil the permanent Stokes exhibit at the... MORE

November 3-4, 2017

Carrying the Stokes Legacy Forward: Cleveland Then, Now and Next

As part of the yearlong Stokes Initiative, a panel of educators and policy experts reviewed the strides the Stokes administration made in the late 1960s in the areas of Cleveland's healthcare,... MORE

Friday, November 3, 2017

The 50 Year Policy Legacy of Mayor Carl B. Stokes

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Shortly after the election and in an effort to initiate sweeping changes to... MORE