The 50 Year Policy Legacy of Mayor Carl B. Stokes

"The biggest lesson from Carl Stokes...is courage." Randell McShepard
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A Panel Discussion

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Shortly after the election and in an effort to initiate sweeping changes to improve the lives of Clevelanders, Mayor Stokes created Cleveland NOW! as his signature proposal to address the challenges of his time. Many of the challenges that motivated him then still face the city today.


As part of the year-long initiative, Carl and Louis Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future, we bring you a panel featuring the authors of a new policy document that examines the legacy of Mayor Stokes' signature efforts in housing, health, safety, education and economic parity. Their findings help us understand the past, how far we've come as a community, and what possibilities the future holds.


Panelists include:

John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D,  Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Amy Hanauer, Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio

Randy McShepard, Vice President of Public Affairs, RPM International, Inc.

Richey Piiparinen, Director of the Center for Population Dynamics, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University


This conversation will be moderated by ideastream® senior host/producer Rick Jackson


Location:  Ballroom A & B

                 Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

                 300 Lakeside Avenue East

                 Cleveland, OH 44113


Tickets: $35 members/$50 nonmembers

              $400 nonprofit tables/$500 corporate tables 

The George Dively Forum on Cleveland's Tomorrow

Presenting sponsors:

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With additional support from:


The City Club of Cleveland is proud to be a partner in the yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through
the civil rights movement and beyond. For more information, visit stokes50cle.com.

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