Cleveland Trivia

Karamu House

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.

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Cleveland Trivia

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.

Radio Stations

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

Famous Residents

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
Phenominal pro basketball player

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
A gifted award-winning writer

Louis Stokes
Ohio’s first Black U.S. Representative in 1968


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