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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 02-05-2016

Akron, Ohio, February 5, 2016 – February is Black History Month and a time for all Americans to recognize the contributions people of color have made to make our city and country great.

The City of Akron is proud to present profiles of current and former African-Americans who have served the citizens of Akron in both elected and appointed positions. Included in these profiles are: African-Americans who have been elected to Akron City Council, Akron Municipal Court, Akron Board of Education, Summit County Council, Summit County, Common Pleas Court and to the State House, serving as representatives of Akron’s predominately black community. Some of the profiles are of those who have served in mayoral cabinets. These individuals deserve recognition as well, for they too serve the people of Akron and are excellent role models for the entire community.

This year, we also invite you to come down to city hall to see our on-site Black History poster gallery. We have expanded our gallery to include seven different themed areas. Beginning in our lobby area you will see accomplishments of local African Americans.

As you move up the first floor stairwell to the second floor, there are thirty posters entitled: (1) Connecting to Past with the Present, (2) Inspiring Moments in African-American History, and (3) Historically Black Colleges & Universities

On the stairwell leading to our third floor, you will find a collection of posters highlighting, African American Inventions That Changed Our World.  Finally, just outside of City Council Chambers, on the third floor, you will see a poster of Akron’s first black city council member, Ed Davis, along with the names of past and present black council members. You will also see the themed posters, 10 Days in Black History That Changed Our Nation and A Legacy of Achievement: African Americans Who Changed the World.   

We thank the Dr. Shirla R. McClain’s Gallery on Akron Black History and Culture, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the County of Summit, for their help in gathering information on many of those who are featured. And, a special thanks to Billy Soule, Assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations, for procuring posters of national individuals represented and for his designing of local posters. 

The display will remain through the month of February.

See timeline of Akron’s Black History on our website at:




For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communications
City of Akron
166 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330-375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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