Cleveland Voices is a project of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University Department of History. Audio is housed in the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, an archive of more than one thousand interviews collected since 2002. Content presented on this site represents the labor of students, faculty, and staff in the CSU Department of History and the perspectives of individual interviewees. Listeners are encouraged to verify stories through additional research.
Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005
The first generations of African American artists who were active in the Cleveland region were showcased in the 1993 exhibition Yet Still We Rise: African American Artists in Cleveland 1930-1970. In 2005, a second exhibition was organized. In addition to gallery shows, this exhibit – titled Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005 – documented subsequent generations of African American artists through oral history interviews, which were incorporated into the opening of the gallery show. The interviews for the project were collected by students and staff at the CSU Center for Public History and Digital Humanities.