Cleveland Now! promotion, 1968
Collection/Web Exhibit: The Cleveland Memory Project
Program Length: 01:25 min.
A promotion for the Cleveland Now! project initiated by Mayor Carl B. Stokes to revitalize the city and rehabilitate its neighborhoods. The charismatic and popular Stokes believed that Cleveland Now! would be an adequate response to the city's general industrial and economic decline. Sadly, the funds for the project were later misused, with some misappropriated by Fred "Ahmed" Evans, a key figure in the 1968 Glenville Shootout. Stokes was the first African-American mayor of a major US city.
Footage courtesy of The Northeast Ohio Broadcast Archives (NOBA) at the John Carroll University Department of Communications. Special thanks to Dr. Alan Stephenson and Lisa Lewis for their assistance.