Thursday, March 08, 2012

Nonprofit Thursday: Deltas call for Black Diamonds

DELTA Sorority Seeks to Celebrate African American Men as “Black Diamonds”
 Deadline for Nominations is Tomorrow
Unsung African American males who seldom get acknowledged for being heroes and role models are being sought as nominees for recognition at a gala awards breakfast on June 23 at the Manor Centre Complex.  Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center, “Black Diamonds: A Celebration of African American Men” will honor “every day guys” upon whom their families can depend, neighbors respect and co-workers or classmates admire.

“Our community is full of ordinary men who have been an inspiration to others through their unselfish dedication and respect for truth and justice,”  says Carol Wagner, president of GCDFLDC.  “We believe it is up to us to showcase all that is best in our community,” she continued.

To nominate boys aged 10-17 and men 18 years or older visit 
for  eligibility requirements, applications and details concerning the awards breakfast.       

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 9.

“Hard work and good deeds are the core of success in any community.  Expressing our gratitude for these men will demonstrate how much we treasure them as jewels.  Without them our community would be bankrupt.  They are “life size” role models for our youth who represent down-to-earth success stories right where we live,” said Patricia A. Ackerman, chair of the event planning committee. 

“Because we know there are many people who value men who don’t have fancy titles or high profile status but are the glue that cements our community, we hope to be deluged with nominations.  So many fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews, cousins, neighbors and family friends in greater Cleveland are deserving of this honor,” said Ackerman. 

Churches and other community organizations desiring “Black Diamonds” promotional materials for distribution to their membership should send their requests and any additional questions to

The Manor Centre Complex is located at 24111 Rockwell Dr.  in Euclid.
For additional information contact:

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Brian Hall to speak at S.O.U.P. luncheon
Local businessman Brian Hall will be the guest speaker when The Society of Urban Professionals [S.O.U.P.] honors Tri-C president Jerry Sue Thornton with its 2012 Visionary Award.

The award will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 14 from 11:45AM-1:15PM at Embassy Suites Downtown, 1701 East 12 St. [44114].

Hall is CEO of Innogistics LLC and has been active in civic and business leadership circles for more than twenty years. He is the founder of The Presidents Council, comprised mostly of the region’s largest minority business enterprises.

For more info: .
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Cleveland Black MBA Association invests in high school students
The Leaders of Tomorrow is an academic enrichment and leadership program serving high school students who demonstrate leadership potential. The students have an opportunity through the program to develop their leadership, academic and personal skills through special curricula that focus on mentoring, cultural exposure, experiential learning and college preparation.

This Saturday, March 12, LOT students will facilitate National Black MBA Association workshops on increasing home and workplace efficiency and learning to lead more effectively.

A second series of workshops — on dealing effectively with change and learning to find and follow your passion — is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 and will be followed by an awards ceremony.
Both Saturday programs begin at 11AM and conclude by 2PM at 4600 Euclid Ave., Suite 320. Free parking.
For more information:

Seal My Records Fundraiser Canceled
The Executive Comedy & Cocktails fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday, March 10, has been canceled.  Organizers have promised to process all refunds as soon as possible. For more info: .

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The African American Museum is sponsoring a Talent Show fundraiser on March 10 at 5:30PM at the Phoenix Village Academy, 12601 Shaker Blvd [44120].
The program will feature a special appearance by Rockin Robots.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Further info: 216.280.0714 or 216.374.2899 or

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

First Post-Election Day Thoughts

I have learned it is usually wise to wait for the full election results before essaying any opinions about why voters did what they did, but here are some quick hits, as some people have requested:

1. Former judge Timothy McGinty’s decisive victory should not persuade him that he has a mandate to rush forward with his desired reforms, since over half of those who voted preferred somebody else. While his advantages in name recognition and campaign cash proved insurmountable in helping him carry the day, some of his post-election comments suggest that he underestimates the need to change not just the department’s bureaucratic practices but also a deeply ingrained culture that is hostile to much of the community it is sworn to serve. The new county government in particular should be keen to observe how a McGinty administration takes root, as the forthcoming county reform commission mandated by the new charter should at least consider whether the prosecutor’s office should be an appointed position.

2. Former assistant county prosecutor Stephanie Hall came in a surprising second in the race. This is a remarkable feat given that she entered the race last, was a first-time candidate, had the least name recognition, as well as the smallest and least experienced campaign team.

3. Downstate in Columbus, former Ohio House member Joyce Beatty won a tight Democratic primary victory in a four-way race for the new Third Congressional District. Her victory means that for the first time Ohio will have two black members of Congress at the same time.

A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch describes the Third District, which includes about 80% of the residents of Columbus, as unique:

It has a 30 percent African-American population — second highest among Ohio’s 16 congressional districts. Encompassing Ohio State University, the 3rd is believed to have the largest population of college students of any district in the nation outside of Boston. And it probably includes the largest population of gay citizens in Ohio.
It also is one of the poorer districts in Ohio. Of the three districts that include portions of Franklin County, along with the 12th and 15th, the 3rd has an average household income at least $25,000 below the level in the other two districts, and an average home value at least $82,000 less than homes in the 12th and 15th.