Browse Interviews 38 total

  • Collection: Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

Peggy Zone Fisher is a native Clevelander. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Diversity Center NEO. Zone-Fisher’s parents both served as Cleveland City Council members in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood on Cleveland’s west side. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the…

Norman Krumholtz was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He served as the City of Cleveland’s planning director under Mayors Carl Stokes, Ralph Perk and Dennis Kucinich. He also served on the Cleveland City Planning Commission. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes'…

Lori Stokes is the youngest child of Louis Stokes. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Howard University and is a morning television anchor in New York City. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland.

George Forbes was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Forbes has owned a law firm in Cleveland since 1971. He was a city councilman from 1963-1989 and served as the first black council president during his last eighteen years in office. Forbes was also president of the Cleveland NAACP. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

John Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama. He has served in Congress representing the Fifth Congressional District in Georgia since 1986. Lewis organized lunch counter protests, was the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participated in the Freedom Rides. This brief 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong,…

Otis Moss was born in Georgia in 1935. Before graduating from Morehouse College he became a Minister. He moved to Cleveland in 1975 to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist. He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and has spent his life working for civil rights and social justice. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Robert Gries was born in Cleveland. For fifty years he was a minority owner of the Cleveland Browns and is a former venture capitalist. Gries is a tireless philanthropist supporting many civic organizations. He served as the finance chair for Carl Stokes’ 1967 mayoral campaign. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Joan Campbell, born in Youngstown in 1931, is an ordained pastor, who has committed her life to service and activism working with important leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. She worked to organize voters for Carl Stokes’ mayoral campaign. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration…

Michael White is from the Glenville area. While studying at The Ohio State University he was Student Union President. White was campaign manager for Louis Stokes’ Congressional Campaign, also serving on Cleveland City Council. White was mayor of Cleveland from 1990-2002. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Milton Maltz founded the Maltz Communications Company, which owned radio and TV stations across the U. S. After selling the firm, Mr. Maltz developed the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio and the Spy Museum in Washington, D. C. In this brief 2017 soundbite, Maltz warmly shares some of the special qualities that made Lou Stokes a…

Robert Madison was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and Harvard, he was the first black man to become a registered architect in Ohio. He opened his firm in Cleveland in 1954 and has worked on major projects locally and worldwide. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

As a toddler, Leon Bibb’s family moved to Cleveland from Alabama. Bibb went away to college, served in the Army in Vietnam, and began a career in television news. In 1979, he returned to Cleveland to stay and worked as a TV news reporter and anchor until his 2017 retirement. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Reverend Emmitt Theophilus Caviness is a native of Marshall, Texas. He is the pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church and the president of the Cleveland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Caviness served as a commissioner in the Stokes Administration. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Ben S. Stefanski II was born in Garfield Heights and graduated from Case Western Reserve University and The University of Michigan. He served as Utilities Director for Carl Stokes and worked to combat pollution Lake Erie as well as developing the regional sewer system. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

David Stradling is the Associate Dean for Humanities, Zane L. Miller Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches urban and environmental history. He is the co-author of the book Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland. vThis 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Steven Bullock was born in North Carolina. He was the CEO of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross. After retirement Bullock founded the Bullock Group, a management consulting company for non-profit and public institutions. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th…

Marcia L. Fudge was raised in Shaker Heights. Fudge served as chief staff for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones during her first term. Fudge was mayor of Warrensville Heights from 2000 until elected to Congress in 2008. She chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 2013-2015. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong,…

Reverend Charles Lucas, Jr., was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is the pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. During the 1970s he was president of the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide…

Betty Pinkney and her husband, Arnold, were long time advocates for the Stokes brothers. Arnold helped elect Louis to Congress and was a major strategist for the Democratic party. Arnold Pinkney, an insurance executive, also ran Jesse Jackson's national campaign for President in 1984. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong,…

Richard Peery was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a retired journalist and lived in Cleveland for 40 years while working at the Call and Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This 2017 interview was collected as part of a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' election as mayor of Cleveland.