Cleveland Public Library announces African-American History
CLEVELAND, January 14, 2019: In honor of African-American
History Month in February,
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
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.