Black History Month

2015 CLA Black History Month Preview

   28 Days of “OHIO” Black History


This year, during the month of February, the students and staff of CLA will take a look at the history and legacy of famous African Americans from Ohio. Each day during the lunch block, images of a famous African American will be displayed for all scholars to view, and one scholar in each grade will be chosen to read the biography of the highlighted person. In addition, students and teachers may read about other Ohio African Americans during morning crew.  At the end of each week, scholars will be quizzed during crew and/or community meeting about the African Americans featured during that week.  Crew and individual competitions will test scholar learning about these highly acclaimed individuals.


Parents and guardians – Here is our beginning list of notable African American Ohioans.  If you have suggestions for others, please call Ms. Pratt at 216-229-8185 to give her the name!


Ariel Stokes, judge                     Granville T. Woods, inventor       Paul Laurence Dunbar, author

Halle Berry, actress                   LeBron James, athlete                    Jesse Owens, athlete

Michael White, mayor                Frank Jackson, mayor                     Louis Stokes, congressman

Terrence Howard, actor              Steve Harvey, actor                         Troy Smith, athlete

Yvette Brown, actress                Paula Parker, actress                      Jean Murrell Capers, judge

Edwin Moses, athlete                Garrett Morgan, inventor              Robert Haynie, physician

Harrison Dillard, athlete         Robert Smith, inventor                 Kidd Cudi, musician

Al Roker, TV personality           Arsenio Hall, actor                           The Leverts, musicians

Ruby Lee, actress                             Imani Hakim, actress                       Stephanie Tubbs Jones, politician

Fredrick Jones, inventor        Brad Sellers, athlete/mayor            Shad Moss “Bow Wow”, musician

Kat Williams, actor                          Tony Morrison, author                  Buster Douglas, athlete

Carl B. Stokes, mayor                    John Legend, musician                   Janet E. Bashen, inventor          


And, next Friday, February 6th, the CLA Black History Month Speakers Series will feature

Mr. Randell McShepard, an RPM International executive and Cleveland civic leader. Please join us during our community meeting from Noon to 12:50! Mr. McShepard’s talk is coordinated by the Beachwood Infiniti and Collection Auto Group.