The 2020 City of Cleveland Black History Month celebration kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 1. This year’s theme, “Empowering A People: African Americans and the Right to Vote,” marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, highlights the Women’s Suffrage Movement and celebrates the African American reconnection to the Motherland.
“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.”
This year’s celebration is dedicated to Dr. William H. Myers, recently retired Director of Black Church Studies Program at Ashland Theological Seminary, and Pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. Month-long activities will highlight business, health, media, gospel music and arts.
The opening day luncheon (invitation-only) will honor Ghanaian Kings and Chiefs such as Nana Dr. Okatakyi Amanfi Vll, Paramount Chief Asebu Traditional Area and Nana Obokese Ampah l, Chief Apagyahen of Asebu Traditional Area.
The closing ceremony will recognize the contributions of Dr. William H. Myers, who has taught for over 30 years and helped lead the creation and development of Ashland University’s Black Church Studies Program.
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.