City of Cleveland Commemorates Black History Month

The 2019 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration kicks off on Friday, Feb. 1. This year’s theme “Cleveland: Building a Sense of Community” recognizes local African American leaders  who have improved and advanced their community. This year’s celebration is dedicated to James and William Whitley as well as Joyce Whitley (posthumously) of Whitley & Whitley Architects and their lasting contributions to the City of Cleveland. Month-long activities will highlight business, health, media, gospel music and arts. Download the full calendar of events.

“The City of Cleveland has a proud tradition of Black leadership and innovation – from the sciences to government to the private sector to the nonprofit world to sports and entertainment,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This February – thanks to our Black History Month Committee – we honor the achievements made by Black Clevelanders in the past and present with a series of events that are free and open to the public.”

The opening day luncheon (invitation-only) will recognize the work of Howard Bradley (retired owner of Howard Bradley Construction) Ariane Kirkpatrick (owner of The AKA Team) and Carla Moody (owner of Moody Environmental and Consulting). The keynote will be given by Dr. Mark L. Joseph of Case Western Reserve University.

The closing ceremony will honor the contributions of James and William Whitley as well as Joyce Whitley (posthumously) of Whitley & Whitley Architects. Their firm has worked on Tower City, Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center and the Lee-Harvard Branch of Cleveland Public Library, among other local landmarks.

Events in City Hall Rotunda are located on the first floor of 601 Lakeside Ave. Paid parking is located in the Willard Garage, located behind City Hall. Metered street parking is also available.

Click here to view the full 2018 Black History Month calendar.

Questions? Contact the City of Cleveland Community Relations Department at 216-664-3290.