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History of Civil Rights in Cleveland Webinar

In this webinar, Nishani Frazier, an Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Kansas discusses the civil rights movement in Cleveland. In conjunction with the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail, Frazier covers the long arch of political activism among Black Clevelanders from around the city’s founding to the modern civil rights era, and documents how this rich history relates to the present day.

Ludlow From Hough to Ludlow: Exploring Cleveland’s History on the Civil Rights Trail, January 11, 2023

Hop onto the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail website and you’ll be greeted by an invitation to “walk the path to equality and learn the history that was made across Cleveland during the 1950s, 60s and 70s—history that’s still being made today.” Not all cities are so fortunate as to have a historical resource like this one, where visitors can literally stand in the place where change happened and become immersed in the powerful stories of Cleveland’s courageous contributions to legislative and social progress. In advance of MLK Day, learn about the early grassroots organizing efforts by civil rights leaders who helped reshape our city and about the civil rights trail that documents their path. Moderator Natoya J. Walker Minor, Chair of the Trail’s Community Engagement Committee, is joined by Kathleen Crowther of the Cleveland Restoration Society, the organization that carefully maintains the trail, Donna McIntyre Whyte, Ph.D., research consultant with the Cleveland Restoration Society, Aaron G. Fountain, Jr., Ph.D., Scholar in Residence at the Civil Rights Trail; and Patricia Hoover, Daughter of the Rev. Odie Hoover, a Civil Rights Trail contributor.


From left to right: Kathleen Crowther; Patricia Hoover; Donna Whyte, PhD; and Aaron Fountain, PhD. Photography courtesy of Suzanne Zilber.
Ludlow Community Association Marker Unveiling, October 20, 2022

Members are invited to the unveiling of a historical marker for the Ludlow Community Association on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., at the intersection of Hampton and Corby Roads in Cleveland.

This ceremony will recognize the Ludlow Community Association as a national example of a neighborhood development model. Established in 1957 after the bombing of a home that belonged to an African American family, it remarkably reversed white flight and maintained a well-balanced, integrated neighborhood for at least 30 years and rebuked widely-held beliefs about integrated living. For this reason, the Ludlow neighborhood has been selected as a site of significance on Cleveland’s African American Civil Rights Trail.

The event will feature a historian, public dignitaries, as well as current and past officers of the Ludlow Community Association.

The event will take place rain or shine. Free on-street parking in the neighborhood will be available.

For more information about this event, contact Peggy Sexton, Events Coordinator, at

Carl B. Stokes Marker Unveiling, June 8, 2022

The Cleveland Restoration Society & Cleveland African American Civil Rights Trail Committee cordially invites you to attend the historical marker unveiling ceremony honoring the first Black mayor of a major American city Carl B. Stokes. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Cleveland City Hall, 6-1 Lakeside Ave. E. Immediately following, the Cleveland Restoration Society will be serving a 50th birthday cake in honor of its anniversary.

Cory United Methodist Church Marker Unveiling, June 8, 2022

On December 10, 2021, the Cleveland Restoration Society unveiled its first marker on the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail, which belongs to the Cory United Methodist Church in the historic Glenville neighborhood.

Check out the photo gallery HERE

Cleveland Jewish News


Cory United Methodist Church marker unveiling. Staff photograph.