Carl B. Stokes: A 50-Year Legacy in Policy

Fifty years ago, Cleveland marked one of its most notable historical developments-the elections of Carl Stokes as the first African-American mayor of a major American city. Shortly after the 1967 election, and in an effort to initiate sweeping changes to improve the lives of Clevelanders, Mayor Stokes created Cleveland: NOW! — his signature proposal to address the challenges of his…

Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

This collection of interviews was conducted by staff at Cuyahoga Community College’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center as part of a 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…