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Cleveland Public Library announces African-American History Month

CLEVELAND, January 14, 2019: In honor of African-American History Month in February, Cleveland Public Library will offer a series of special programming beginning with the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ceremony on January 21. At this event, the Library will bestow the Drum Major for Change Award on three prominent community members: Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., activist Dr. Yvonne Pointer, and former Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White.

“As part of the Library’s commitment to diversity, we are proud to honor Dr. King’s memory while also celebrating the achievements of those who embody the spirit of his work today,” says Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “This year, our Drum Major for Change Award will highlight the service of three outstanding individuals who have helped shape our city, our ideals, and our future.”

The 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ceremony will feature a keynote from Dr. Pointer and musical performances. The event takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard. Doors open at noon. This event is free and open to the public.

Editor’s Note: The Drum Major for Change Award, which is named for Dr. King’s 1968 “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon, recognizes those who selflessly commit their life’s work in service of others. This year’s recipients:

Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., a theologian, pastor, and civic leader with a rich history as one of the nation’s most influential religious leaders, notably served as co-pastor with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and as pastor at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Dr. Yvonne Pointer, an activist, humanitarian, philanthropist, and evangelist whose life’s work were motivated by the murder of her daughter, Gloria, in 1984, appears in her “Hope Haven” segment every other Friday at noon on Cleveland’s WKYC television station.

Michael R. White, a prominent Ohio politician who served as Mayor of Cleveland from 1990 to 2002, was born and raised in Glenville and today serves as Program Consultant for Neighborhood Renewal to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Foundation and Program Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program.




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