Cleveland hosts on-line occasions showcasing Clevelanders making distinction for Black Historical past Month

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The City of Cleveland’s Black History Month Committee usually features Clevelanders’ accomplishments, but this year it highlights Clevelanders making a difference during the pandemic.

The programs are completely virtual and are led by Mayor Frank Jackson and the Community Relations Board. The theme is “Strengthening Black Families by Striving for Justice and Equality”. Anyone interested in one of the events can register here.

The City of Cleveland declared racism to be one Public Health Crisis in June 2020 and Cuyahoga County did the same in July. Since then, Cuyahoga County has the Citizens’ Advisory Council for Justice, a group that focuses on outreach and public participation in the development of equity goals, strategies and programs. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish also issued four executive orders in January to eliminate racial and gender differences in contracts in the county.

Here is a list of the remaining events for the Cleveland City Black History Month Committee’s annual celebration.

Thursday, February 11th at 12 noon

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality through public outreach
  • Honoree: Jeff Brown of The Jeff Brown Show

Monday, February 15th at 12 noon

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in education
  • Honoree: Dr. Lee Buddy of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Tuesday February 16

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality through parental participation at noon
  • Honoree: Al Grimes, Executive Director of the Paternity Initiative
  • Strengthening black families through the pursuit of justice and equality through the ministry at 2pm
  • Panelist: Dr. Sabrina Ellis, Pastor Sheryse Sterrett-Henderson, Pastor Tameaka Reid-Sims, Rev. Jimmy Gates, Pastor Edward McGhee, and Elder James Bannerman

Wednesday February 17th at 12 noon

  • Strengthening black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in the ministry
  • Honoree: Dr. Sabrina Ellis, Senior Pastor in the Pentecostal Church of Christ

Thursday, February 18 at 12 noon

  • Strengthening black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in public relations
  • Honoree: Yvonne Pointer, hostess of Live in Hope Haven

Monday, February 22nd at 12 noon

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in social activism
  • Honoree: Billy L. Sharp the Greater Cleveland Guild Urban League and Mastering Unlimited

Tuesday 23 February at 12 noon

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in health care
  • Honoree: Dr. Fred Harris the Cleveland Clinic

Thursday, February 25th at 12 noon

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in public services
  • The Cleveland City Black History Month Committee is introduced

Friday, February 26th at noon (closing ceremony)

  • Empowering black families through the pursuit of justice and equality in education
  • Honoree: Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Economic Opportunities Council (CEOGC)