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City Club panel to explore legacy of Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes: Watch it Live

November 3, 2017 GMT

City Club panel to explore legacy of Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes: Watch it Live

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fifty years ago on election day, Carl Stokes made history, winning the Cleveland mayoral race and opening City Hall to change.

Stokes, the great-grandson of a slave, rose from poverty in Cleveland public housing to defeat Seth Taft, the grandson of a president, and become the first African-American elected mayor of a major city in the United States.

As part of a year-long initiative, “Carl and Louis Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” The City Club of Cleveland on Friday will host a panel that examines Stokes’ legacy and his signature efforts in housing, health, safety, education and economic parity.

You can watch it here live, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

As mayor, Stokes opened the doors of City Hall, allowing blacks and women to gain employment with the city. And he initiated Cleveland:Now!, a program supported with public and private funding that aimed at revitalizing Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

He was elected to a second 2-year term in 1969, leaving office after 1971 for New York and a career as a television news anchor. He returned to Cleveland in 1980 to practice law and later served as a judge at the Cleveland Municipal Court for more than a decade.

Later he served as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Seychelles.

The City Club has assembled a broad panel for Friday’s discussion:

John R. Corlett, president and executive director at The Center for Community Solutions Ronnie A. Dunn, associated professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Amy Hanauer, the executive director of Policy Matters Ohio Randy McShepard, vice president of public affairs for RPM International, Inc. Richey Piiparinen, director of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Moderating the discussion will be Rick Jackson, senior host/producer at ideastream.