Cleveland receives nearly 10 million annual visitors.
Though it can never replicate Jim Brown’s awesome shadow cast at old Municipal Stadium, the modern Browns (FirstEnergy) Stadium on the lakefront gives excellent sightlines from all 72,000 seats.
Cleveland had the foresight to develop an Emerald Necklace of park space encircling the city to better define communities and increase recreational opportunities.
Fortune 500 companies such as Eaton, Sherwin-Williams, Key Bank, BP America, and OfficeMax supply the energy of downtown office workers
Case-Western University and Cleveland State University supply most of the academic cache around these parts.
There are about 500,000 African-Americans in the 2.8 million Cleveland-Akron metro area.
Cleveland managed to get on the big screen in the Denzel Washington film, The Antwone Fisher Story.
Greater Cleveland natives and others who made their mark here:
George Peake – Cleveland’s 1st permanent black citizen in 1809
Larry Doby – 2nd Black man to play Major League Baseball in 1947
Dorothy Dandridge – 1st Black Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Halle Berry – 1st African American Best Actress Oscar Winner
Frank Robinson – 1st Black major league baseball manager in 1974
Dr. Robert B. Leach – Cleveland’s first Black doctor in 1858
Langston Hughes – Graduated from Central High School
General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. – Central High School grad
Garrett A Morgan – Famous inventor of traffic light, gas mask & more
John O. Holly – Activist and founder of the Future Outlook League
George Frazier – Public speaker and author
Dr. Julian Earls – NASA scientist and public speaker
Arsenio Hall – TV show host and comedian
Steve Harvey – Comedian and TV actor
Don King – Boxing promoter
Charles W. Chestnut – Fiction writer
George A. Myers – Prominent Black businessman in late 1800s
Jane E. Hunter – Founded home to help black women migrating from South
Jim Brown – The greatest running back in NFL history
LeBron James – Great basketball player, businessman, civil rights activist
Jesse Owens – Olympic champion runner in 1936
Harrison Dillard – Olympic champion runner 1948 and 1952
Carl Stokes – The nation’s 1st black mayor of a large city, 1967
Toni Morrison – Award-winning writer
Louis Stokes – Ohio’s first Black U.S. Representative in 1968