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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.

Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


2017 (69) 2016 (138), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).


(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
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KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio, Refusefacism.org, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanonlinenewsblog.com Tel: (216) 659-0473


International Women's Day rally and march in Cleveland draw nearly 400, and are led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, with Genevieve Mitchell the keynote speaker, and Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts delivering the opening prayer....All 3 are Black

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Genevieve Mitchell

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the Rev Pamela

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Nearly 400 people participated in a rally and march in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day, an event spearheaded by local activists and led by Cleveland activist and Black journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, head of the Imperial Women Coalition and editor at ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the  KathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com , the two sponsoring groups along with Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice. (Editor's note: Coleman is the one who thought of the March 8 rally and march and organized others, even paying a political organizer $300 to help her, partly because she wanted issues impacting Black women that were not addressed during the Jan 21, 2017 Cleveland rally for women that mirrored the national rally to be addressed. The organizers in were Black women and grassroots activists).

 

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And Black women activists of Cleveland gave the opening prayer (the Rev Pamela Pinkney Butts,) at the rally, and delivered the keynote address (Genevieve Mitchell).


The key organizer for the rally and march, Coleman gave a history of International Women's Day and highlighted violence against women internationally and in greater Cleveland, from the Imperial Avenue Murders by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, to the still at- large serial killer who murdered four women a long a mile strip on East 93rd street on the largely Black east side of the majority Black major American city.


Also mentioned were the Seymour Avenue three  rape and kidnapping victims of Ariel Castro, all of whom experienced heinous violence over a decade-long period at his home on the city's largely White west side, and until they escaped his wrath in 2013.


Coleman said that if women were truly organized the country would have already elected a woman president.


Some 15 speakers took to the podium at the Free Stamp at Willard Park at Cleveland City Hall before Coleman led participants in a march around the city that ended at the Old Stone Church at Public Square.


Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed spoke briefly and activists there, mainly grassroots activist of greater Cleveland who had helped with the organizing, recognized renowned constitutional attorney Avery Friedman of greater Cleveland, also a CNN political analyst who was in attendance in support of the women.


Cleveland followed the lead of national organizers of International Women's Day whose thrust followed the women's marches nationally of Jan 21, a week after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.


Organizers nationally and locally urged women to strike from work that day, to wear red in protest, and to refrain, also on March 8, from buying goods and products.


But unlike most women's day rallies held on March 8 around the world Cleveland added a twist.


A few men, three in fact, spoke at the rally too, though women ran the gathering and were the leading organizers.


During the march activists chanted "This is what Democracy looks like,' 'This is what a feminist looks like,' 'My body. My choice,' Women united will never be divided,' 'No justice No Peace,' and 'No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA."


Susan Schnur, also an organizer for the Cleveland event and an activist from Worker's World, spoke out against LGBT harassment and discrimination worldwide, and the repeal by Trump of President Barack Obama's support -initiatives for the LGBT community.


The march  participants, some simply community members, held feminist and other signs with police on hand and on bicycles and horses for security.


Issues included violence against women and children, education, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, a broken legal system, equal pay, police brutality, medicaid and medicare, healthcare, immigrants, racism, sexism, Muslims, children, and the LGBT community


Genevieve Mitchell, a local Black activist and a member of the Carl Stokes Brigade, was the keynote speaker at the rally and, among a host of other issues, she spoke on mass incarceration of Black people, the impact of the vestiges of slavery, voting rights, women's rights, Civil Rights, education, and economics,


And she recognized a score of Black female legends and sheroes, including  former first lady Michelle Obama, Ida B Wells, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Winnie Mandella. And from greater Cleveland, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland, retired Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Sara J. Harper, and activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman.


"Genocide is rampant," said Mitchell, who also called for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to stay intact as congressional Republicans are bickering over Trump's proposal that seeks to eliminate the universal healthcare law adopted by congress and replaces it with a new law, a proposal that has met some congressional opposition across partisan lines.


And Mitchell addressed the nation's broken and racist legal system and Blacks being targeted with excessive bail bonds, malicious prosecutions, and heightened sentences.


She also called out Cleveland police as to killings of Black women by police in recent years, including 30-year-old Malissa Williams in 2012, who was gunned down with Timothy Russell, 43, by 13-non-Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets, and Tanisha Anderson, killed at her home by Cleveland police on the city's east side in 2014.


Julia Shearson, a Harvard University graduate and a Muslim who is executive director of CAIR-Cleveland, spoke on the travel ban enacted per a recent executive order from President Trump that precludes travel to and from six Muslim countries.


The president's previous Muslim ban was struck down by an appeals court as unconstitutional and activists at Wednesday's rally in Cleveland deemed both the previous and current travel bans racist, unconstitutional, and discriminatory also from a religious basis.


Olga Rosada, an immigrant representing the greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, which is led by activist Don Bryant, who was one of two male organizers of the event along with political organizer Marty Krebs, blasted the Trump administration as to its anti- immigration policies


James Sullivan of Refuse Fascism.org called Trump and his anti-Democratic policies a disgrace, and demanded that Trump supporter Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, resign as the elected union head.


Activists said people should resist Trump and his regime.

 

Other speakers included the Rev Pamela Pinkney-Butts, who opened with prayer followed by a women's rights speech, and Larry Bresler of the Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Organize Ohio, who spoke on poverty and medicaid and medicare attacks by Republican congressional leaders and the president.


Educator and activist Melissa Svivelj Smith, a public school teacher, blasted the president on public education agendas he is pushing, including heightened standardized testing, and school vouchers, the latter a Republican pushed initiative that has some Black support due to its school choice options, though data show that voucher schools fair no better than public schools academically.


Patrice Brown (Patrice-Brown.com), an Obama supporter and women's rights activist who announced her early entrance into the race next year for the Ohio 12th legislative district seat vacated by the term-limited John Barns Jr of Cleveland, spoke, as did Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc., who read off the names of several greater Cleveland women, who were victims of rape or murder, including the 11 Black women murdered on Imperial Avenue by Anthony Sowell, and the Ariel Castro Seymour Avenue rape and kidnapping victims.


Princess Diccie Moore spoke on the rape and murder of Black children, including 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. And she called for local and state policy makers and Cleveland's public and other schools to devise more effective transportation systems, poor children that reside in Cleveland like Alianna of whom are often forced to ride the Regional Transit Authority buses to charter and public schools.


Rose Driscoll of the Democratic Socialist of America Cleveland Chapter was also among the 15 or so rally speakers, as were activist and minister Gwendolyn Pitts, and  Nina McClellan on behalf of Cleveland Peace Action and Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice.


Also there, though not organizers of the event, were members of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women's Caucus, which is led by attorney Cindy Dempsey.


Cuyahoga County includes the city of Cleveland and is a Democratic stronghold. It is the largest of 88 counties statewide, and is roughly 29 percent Black.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:46

Cleveland Plain Dealer article at cleveland.com: #DayWithoutAWoman planned for March 8, rally starts at Cleveland's FREE Stamp next to Cleveland City Hall at 4:30 pm.....Plain Dealer article by Reporter Janet Cho

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Orlando Cruz is taking Wednesday, March 8, as an unpaid day off from The Cleveland Clinic in honor of International Women's Day and a #DayWithoutAWoman.

"It is so important to me, because I see and feel women don't get treated fairly and finally now, I can do something that can truly help," Cruz said via email. He sees taking part in the event as "making a statement on not only the huge impact women have in this country, but that they deserve equality if not more."

"I am wearing red in support and spreading the word," he added. "I have encouraged my girlfriend, mother, siblings and coworkers to participate," and all are taking the day off from their jobs as well.

As happened before the Jan. 21 Women's March, no one knows how many women will participate in a #DayWithoutAWoman events here and around the world. The event came out of conversations following the massive Women's March on Washington, D.C., the day after President Trump's inauguration.

But organizers are hoping for a massive and impossible-to-ignore demonstration of economic solidarity to promote equity, justice and and human rights for women and gender-oppressed people.

"In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system -- while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity," it says on the Women's March website.

Organizers invite "anyone, anywhere" to participate in one or all of the following ways:

-- 1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.

-- 2. Avoid shopping for one day (except at small, women- and minority-owned businesses)

-- 3. Wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.

"We invite people to the rally and march, men and women alike, and need them there to help us raise awareness on women and children's rights issues and heightened violence against women internationally," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a Cleveland activist, head of the Imperial Women Coalition, and editor of Cleveland Urban News.com.

"The city of Cleveland will never be a great major American city as long as women and children are popping up dead at an alarming rate and teens, a disproportionate number of them Black, are missing in large numbers while professional baseball, football and basketball remain a higher priority of city officials and policy makers locally, statewide and nationally," she said via email.

The event was inspired by "recent courageous actions like the 'Bodega strike' lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S." and movements like #GrabYourWallet.

"When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred," the Women's March website says. "Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women's rights are human rights, regardless of a woman's race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability."

The website also includes a sample letter participants can send their supervisors explaining their decision to take the day off.

The letter says: "I hope you will stand in support of me, and any of my women colleagues who choose to participate, in observance of this day. Places of employment can participate by closing for the day or giving women workers the day off, whether paid or unpaid."

"Even more important than the symbolism of standing with women on March 8, the Women's March is asking all employers to perform an audit of their policies impacting women and families. By ensuring that women have pay equity, a livable wage and paid leave, businesses can demonstrate that their long-term actions align with the values we are standing up for on this day."

The letter concludes: "At an increasingly insecure time for the rights of women and other minority groups, it is important to me that I also stand for the value of equality. I hope you will support me in my decision."

Marty Krebs, a community political organizer and a supervisor at a 3D printing lab in Cleveland, says local participants are invited to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the FREE stamp in Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall. A Facebook page says there will be speeches highlighting women's issues before everyone marches over to the Old Stone Church on Public Square by 6 p.m.

Although participants don't have to let anyone know they're coming, he expects at least a few hundred people to show up.

Karianne Stanton will be among them. "I strike for my loved ones & my country," she recently tweeted. We deserve a world in which we are truly equal. We ALL deserve better!"

 

Krebs said that whatever people decide to wear or to write on their signs, they will find like-minded people at the rally. "It's not just women who care about women's issues," Krebs said. "We all care. Women are a vital part of the economic ecosystem."

"You can be mad, but the primary goal is to be empowering," he said.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:55

International Women's Day March Cleveland is Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning with a 4:30 pm rally at the Free Stamp next to Cleveland City Hall

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By ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and theKathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY-CLEVELAND RALLY AND MARCH, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017 : International Women's Day March 8, 2017 4:30 pm rally in Cleveland, Ohio beginning at the Free Stamp at Willard Park next to Cleveland City Hall with 5:30 pm march that will end outside of the Old Stone Church on Ontario Avenue on Public Square. Contacts are Kathy at 216-659-0473 and Don at 216- 255-1576. Issues include the Violence Against Women Act, our children, economics, education, welfare reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, healthcare, racism, sexism, religious discrimination, social security and medicaid, immigration matters, the repeal of LGBT initiatives by the Trump administration, and the legal system as it relates to Black and other people. Affiliated groups include the Imperial Women Coalition, Million Women Cleveland, Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice,Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Carl Stokes Brigade, Peace in the Hood,ClevelandUrbanNews.ComKathyWrayColemanOnlineNnewsBlog.Com, Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Organize Ohio, Black on Black Crime, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Democratic Socialist Party-Cleveland Chapter, Revolution Books, Cleveland Peace Action, Black on Black Crime Inc., and CAIR ...By www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 07:11

Anti-Trump Cleveland rally is March 4 as is organizing meeting to push Nina Turner to run for Ohio governor....Also, Congressman Tim Ryan and Senator Sherrod Brown demand the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Pictured is former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, a possible candidate for Ohio Governor

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and a 25-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND-Ohio-This week's news in greater Cleveland brings a publicly announced demand from Congressman Tim Ryan, a Youngstown area Democrat, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, that President Donald Trump fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Also this week are an anti -Trump rally in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, March 4 from noon-2 pm at Voinovich Bicentennial Park, and an organizing session by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus to push former state senator Nina Turner to make a run in 2018 for the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor. (Editor's note: Turner has not yet confirmed one way or another whether she will make a run for Ohio governor and will not be in attendance at Saturday's event, organizers said).

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ANTI-TRUMP DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND PROTEST FACEBOOK PAGE , a counter protest to a pro-trump rally also at the park, which is named for the late former Cleveland mayor and former U.S. senator George Voinovich. (Editor's note: The March 4 noon pro-Trump rally in Cleveland, one of some 12 advocacy rallies for the president across Ohio that same day, drew about 150 people, police said. And the counter rally in Cleveland, also at Voinovich Park, drew about 80 people. Among the speakers at the pro-Trump rally were Cleveland Heights Pastor Darrell Scott, and Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. Activists told Cleveland Urban News.Com at the rally that police lined up in rows on horses to separate them from the pro-Trump rally people and in an attempt to silence them. and they even told some to stay away from Trump supporters, an intimidation tactic pushed by Loomis and others, activists claim).

Voinovich Park is named for late George Voinovich, a former Cleveland mayor and former U.S. senator,  and a powerful Republican who had political friends across partisan lines

The pro-Turner event will be held from 3 pm -6 pm at the union hall of SEIU, District 1199 at 1771 East 30th Street in Cleveland and organizers have said that it is likely she will run for governor. (Editor's note: Cleveland Urban News.Com also attended that well-attended gathering where Democrats and union members spoke on the need to urge Turner to run for governor).

Though on his new job for only a month, Sessions , a former U.S. senator representing Alabama, is under fire from congressional Democrats, and some Republicans, including Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, for having  contact with Russian officials during last year's presidential campaign and lying about it to Congress.

Sessions, in turn, recused himself from a pending Justice Department investigation on whether Russian officials interfered with the presidential election that  saw Democrat Hillary Clinton lose to Trump, the Republican nominee.

But the Democrats want blood and dislike him, saying he is against Civil Rights and Democratic policy agendas, the former of which Sessions denies.

Saturday marks the first major anti-Trump protest in downtown Cleveland  since Sessions was confirmed amid opposition congressional Democrats, the NAACP, and a host of other Democratic-leaning groups, a large protest held last year, and shortly after the real estate mogul won the presidency. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE OF THE 700-PERSON CLEVELAND ANTI-TRUMP RALLY AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

The president, supported by a cadre of people, including Republicans such as international boxing promoter Don King, who is Black and a Cleveland native who owns and publishes the Call and Post Newspaper, a Black weekly,  calls all of the hoopla from the Democrats sour grapes because of his win over Clinton, a secretary of state under former president Barack Obama, the country's first Black president.

Nina Turner is a popular Black Cleveland Democrat and was a surrogate for Sen Bernie Sander's unsuccessful campaign for president.

She lost a bid for Ohio secretary of state in 2014 against Republican Jon Husted, also a possible gubernatorial candidate.

The push by Turner's supporters for her to join the gubernatorial race follows Congressman Ryan's decision this week not to make a bid for governor, with other likely Democratic candidates being Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavon of Youngstown, who is a confirmed candidate, he says, former congresswoman Betty Sutton of Copley, former state representative Connie Pillich of greater Cincinnati, former Cleveland mayor and prior congressman Dennis Kucinich, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

In addition to Husted, Republican gubernatorial possibles include Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, also a former U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

Popular two-term Republican Gov John Kasich, also a former congressman, is term limited and, by state law, cannot seek reelection.

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 00:17

Memorial services for Lang Dunbar Jr., a Cleveland NAACP executive board member, union advocate and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party affiliate, are Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3 pm at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Cleveland NAACP announces

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Democratic Party affiliate Lang Dunbar Jr., also a member of the county Democratic party's executive committee and a long time union advocate, died Friday night, Feb 17 in his sleep at his home in Shaker Heights after a battle with cancer. He was 81.

 

Memorial services are Friday, March 3 at 3 pm at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, a press release from Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr. said.

 

Dunbar was a member of the Cleveland NAACP executive board and Nelson said its members are grieving his death with "heavy hearts."

 

City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin, a former vice president of the county Democratic party and a protege of three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson who, this year, is seeking reelection to an unprecedented fourth term, praised Dunbar as community oriented, and said he was "ole school."

 

"He was tough, tenacious, pugnacious and radical, yet he was loyal, sincere, compassionate, and caring, and most of all, he was my friend," said Griffin.

 

A Shaker Heights precinct committeeman, Dunbar lived in Shaker Heights with his wife Gladys, a former Cuyahoga County Board of Elections employee who worked in the legal and community relations departments there, and a trained lawyer and former Common Pleas Court judicial clerk.

 

Like his longtime wife, he loved politics, and Antioch Baptist Church, a prominent Black east side church that will host the memorial next month and where Gladys, his third wife, still remains active.

 

In addition to his wife  Gladys, Dunbar Jr. is survived by five grown children; Lang Dunbar III, Deborah Kinds and Denise Cannon, all three of Cleveland, Melissa Brunner of California, and Eric Dunbar of Youngstown, Ohio.

 

Though he was a resident of Shaker Heights when he died, he lived in Cleveland most of his life, worked briefly for Cuyahoga County, and retired as a job coordinator for the United Labor Agency.

 

 

His oldest son, Lang Dunbar III, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that his father was a strong labor man who pushed his children to have a work ethic and to be independent.

 

"My dad, whom I got to really know when I was grown, told us to work and be independent and he was a strong union man," said Dunbar III. " He supported unions and always went to meetings."

 

The younger Dunbar, 51, met Blaine Griffin when Blaine's father, Ray Griffin, was his high school assistant football coach in Youngstown, and Blaine, then in elementary school,  was a ball boy at football games.

 

Blaine Griffin, a Youngstown native, said that he knew Dunbar III in the 80s and met his father in the 90s.

 

All three, Blaine, and the younger and older Dunbar, are former president Obama supporters.

 

"My father and I both worked on the Obama campaign," said Dunbar III of the nation's first Black president who won the presidency in 2008 with strong support from Black voters nationwide and in the pivotal state of Ohio, Cuyahoga County his Democratic stronghold, and the largest of 88 counties statewide. "My dad loved Obama and said he is a champion for all people, and not just some of the people, including the non-traditional people.

 

And the younger Dunbar did not hold his tongue in saying that his dad had his struggles in life like many Black men that seek to overcome the obstacles of institutional racism in a country that traditionally has a double standard for people of color, Black men in particular.

 

"I saw my dad come back from a low point in his life to overcome, and I will miss him," said Dunbar III.

 

Charles E. Bibb Sr,  a former East Cleveland city councilman and president of the both the greater Cleveland Carnegie Rountable and the Ohio 8th House District Black Caucus, said he lost a friend, and a fellow Democratic activist.

 

"He was a supporter of the Carnegie Roundtable, a Cuyahoga County Democratic political activist, an avid bowler, and a sports fan of football, basketball and baseball," said Bibb Sr. "And LeBron James was his favorite athlete."

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 19:07

Moonlight wins Oscar for best picture and of the six Blacks nominated for 2017 Oscars acting roles, Viola Davis wins best supporting actress for 'Fences' and Mahershala Ali wins best supporting actor for 'Moonlight,' a Black coming of age film

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-HOLLYWOOD, California-Black actors Viola Davis and Mahershala  Ali won Oscars at last night's 89th Academy Awards and the coming of age Black motion picture 'Moonlight' by Black director Barry Jenkins won best picture, the latter after seasoned presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway, who starred together in the 1941 landmark film 'Bonnie and Clyde,' incorrectly named 'La La Land,' and after the pair was purportedly handed the wrong envelope.

 

The blunder, by some standards, will go down as the worst in Oscar history.

 

Ali won best actor for the critically revered 'Moonlight,' and Davis, best actress for August Wilson's critically acclaimed 'Fences,'  best picture nominee directed by Denzel Washington, a best actor nominee who has won previous Oscar for his best supporting role in 'Glory,' and for best actor in 'Training Day,' but went home empty handed on Sunday.

 

Both Octavia Spenser and Naomi Harris were, like Davis, nominated for best supporting actress, Spencer for 'Hidden Figures,' also an unsuccessful best picture nominated film, and, for Harris 'Moonlight'.

 

Ruth Negga lost out and did not win for best actress relative to her starring role in  'Loving,' summing up the six actor/actress nominees as wins by Davis and Ali, and four 2017 academy award losses of  Washington, Negga, Spenser and Harris, an outcome that topped last year's awards ceremony when not one Black actor or actress was nominated.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE BLACK ACTORS AND ACTRESSES NOMINATED FOR 2017 OSCARS

 

"La La Land' did win six academy awards, the most of the evening, including Damian Chazelle for best director, and Emma Stone, best actress, Chazelle taking the best director nod from Jenkins and four others.

 

Kenneth Lonnergan's 'Manchester by the Sea' won for best original screen play and for best actor, Casey Affleck, the younger brother of actor, director and screenwriter Ben Affleck, taking home that notable award. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OSCARS.COM FOR A FULL LIST OF THE 2017 OSCAR WINNERS


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