February is Black History Month and a time for all Americans to recognize the
contributions people of color have made to make our 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 Akrons predominate black community.
Many of the profiles are of those who have served in my cabinet or in cabinets of
previous mayors. These individuals deserve recognition as well, for they too serve the
people of Akron and are excellent role models for the entire community. We've also added a
Community Page to the website featuring outstanding
individuals, who in their lifetimes, made contributions to Akron and its people.
This year, we also invite you to come down to city hall to see our on-site Black
History display. We feature three different themed areas. In our lobby and first floor
stairwell you will see local history and accomplishments, along with a series of posters
depicting Inspiring Moments in African-American History. In the hallway leading to
the Skywalk, you will find posters entitled, 10 Days in Black History That
Changed Our Nation. Finally, on the third floor, just outside City Council Chambers,
are 10 posters, Connecting the Past with the Present, which show the
accomplishments of black historical figures of the past connecting to those who are making
a great impression on todays generation.
Id like to thank the Dr. Shirla R. McClains Gallery on Akron Black History
and Culture, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the County of Summit, and the Akron
Public Schools for their help in gathering information on many of those featured.
Thank you for visiting the Black History Page of the City of Akron. Enjoy the profiles
and information provided.