Democracy & CLE

Cleveland is no stranger to exercising its civic rights. From protests to civic discourse, the Cleveland community has never shied away from making its voice heard. Below are examples of Clevelanders exercising their civic rights.

United Freedom Movement

The picketing was organized to protest de facto segregation in the Cleveland Public Schools system.

“Commissions were established to examine the areas of education, housing, employment, health and welfare, and voting and political participation, as they related to African Americans in Cleveland. Using negotiations first and then direct-action protests, if necessary, the UFM planned to pressure local leaders in business, industry, and politics for improvements.” Continue reading at Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

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Republican National Conventions

Cleveland took center stage during the Republican National Convention in 2016, but it wasn’t Cleveland’s first time in the nation’s spotlight. Over the years, Cleveland has caught the eye of both political parties. Below are a few images from previous Republican conventions.

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Cleveland Public Library Hosts America’s Civic Square

As Cleveland took center stage during the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Public Library created America’s Civic Square, a civic space for learning, exploration, and thought-provoking discussions of the day’s timely topics.