Pictured are Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman and her dog Ebenezer, who passed away on Jan 3 after 18 years with Coleman. Ebenezer, said Coleman, survived her husband, her mother and a sister, and a house fire in 2013 at Coleman's home in University Heights, Ohio
By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview,
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Urban News.Com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a former14-year Cleveland schools biology teacher and a community activist who leads the Imperial Women Coalition, announced today that her dog of 18 years, Ebenezer, passed away on Jan 3.
Her dog led a long and prosperous life, Coleman said, and simply died of natural causes, according to the veterinarian who will return the dog's ashes to the Coleman family after he is cremated.
At the time of his death Ebenezer was residing in Louisville, Kentucky, Coleman's native town, under the care of Coleman's father, Dr. James M. Coleman, a retired Cleveland schools associate superintendent.
Coleman said that Ebenezer, a rat terrier, had lived through the death of her husband, Wesley Maclin Jr,. her mother, Dr. Gertrude Coleman, a sister, and several aunts and uncles.
He even survived a fire at her University Heights, Ohio home in 2013.
"'Ebenezer will be sorely missed and may he rest in peace," said Coleman.
Ebenezer enjoyed the good life, Coleman said, and ate tacos, cheese burger's from McDonald's, chef salad's, and a host of other good foods at her expense.
Yet, she said, he was a healthy and happy dog.
And he was caring, Coleman said, including when her now deceased husband had colon cancer and she would come home crying at times from the hospital.
Ebenzer, she said, would just glare at her in a caring manner,
Ebenezer even got arrested one time when Coleman was targeted by police for a since dismissed misdemeanor charge in retaliation for her activism and writings.
Coleman said that after she was arbitrarily arrested following a traffic stop and posted bond after an overnight jail stay, she then went and collected Ebenezer from a police dog-cage jail in a Cleveland suburb.
Ebenezer. who picked and chose his friends and was a little and protective dog who would sometimes growl to show his strength, had been riding around all day enjoying the scenery with the dog warden.
"Police treated my dog better than me following an erroneous arrest," said Coleman. "But that's okay where I know the deal that comes with our ongoing fight as greater Cleveland community activists for equal opportunity and fair play for Black people, women, children and others."