Karamu House are remarkable cultural centers in many ways. In 1915, Russell and Rowena Woodham-Jelliffe set out to establish a common ground where people of different races, religions, social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures.
Cleveland gets 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.
93.1 FM WZAK Tom Joyner Morning Show, R&B, Jazz, Gospel
107.3 FM WNWV Contemporary Jazz
107.9 FM WENZ R&B, Hip-Hop, Russ Parr Morning Show
1490 AM WJMO Old & New School R&B, Sunday Gospel
1540 AM WABQ Gospel
Greater Cleveland natives and others who made their mark here:
Cleveland’s 1st permanent black citizen in 1809
2nd Black man to play Major League Baseball in 1947
1st Black Best Actress Oscar Nominee
1st African American Best Actress Oscar Winner
1st Black major league baseball manager in 1974
Dr. Robert B. Leach
Cleveland’s first Black doctor in 1858
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
Public speaker and author
Dr. Julian Earls
NASA scientist and public speaker
TV show host and comedian
Comedian and TV actor
Charles W. Chestnut
George A. Myers
Prominent Black businessman in late 1800s
Jane E. Hunter
Founded home to help black women migrating from South
The greatest running back in NFL history
Phenominal pro basketball player
Olympic champion runner in 1936
Olympic champion runner 1948 and 1952
The nation’s 1st black mayor of a large city, 1967
A gifted award-winning writer
Ohio’s first Black U.S. Representative in 1968