Project Description

Stokes Project

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Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

Celebrate Carl and Louis Stokes' lasting contributions to Cleveland and the nation.
Inspire a new generation to continue their legacy.

Join a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through the civil rights movement and beyond. In many ways, Cleveland's current national and international recognition owes a debt of thanks for their accomplishments.

Yet their work is not complete.

For the next 50 years, how can we ensure that social and economic development continues throughout Greater Cleveland, and especially in our core communities? How can we empower young leaders to carry the Stokes vision forward and guide every neighborhood to a vibrant and prosperous future?

These questions and many more will force dialogue and action within our community in 2017.

The project is being hosted by:

Cuyahoga Community College's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center
The City Club of Cleveland
The Cleveland Foundation
Commission on Economic Inclusion
The Greater Cleveland Partnership
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Western
Reserve Historical Society


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center fosters the study of the humanities both in the classroom and in the community. This project will provide Mandel Scholars with extensive opportunities to serve their communities and shape community dialogue.