Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kasich, Foundations, Parties, and Making Black History

Gov. John Kasich delivered
State of the State address
yesterday in neighboring
Medina County.
We had planned to watch online the State of the State speech yesterday but family exigencies intervened.  We did manage to catch the latter part of it in the car on the way home and what we heard the Governor saying made us curiouser and curiouser. He sounded so compassionate and so concerned about education that he might have passed for a Democrat.

Of course, the measure of an elected official is not what he says but what he does. We will be watching and reporting on which of the Governor’s promises and commitments find themselves supported by state dollars and new legislation. But at this point we will confess that the Governor has surprised us once or twice already during his term in office.

Meanwhile, we posted yesterday about tomorrow’s Blueprint Roundtable on chronic social issues affecting generations of African Americans. This promises to be an important public conversation that has as one aim the establishment of a multigenerational dialogue among black men of all ages, philosophies, and orientations.

The event runs from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Attendees may register either online or by calling 216.448.0607.

We will try to post live from the site, but the Clinic’s Bunts Auditorium is a true bunker and we may not have internet access even from our trusty hotspot.

The Presidents Council Foundation, BPA Charitable Foundation, Karamu and more

Also upcoming this week is the annual meeting of The President’s Council Foundation. Foundation officers will lay out the organization’s vision for the next three years, recognize the most recent graduating class of Emerging Entrepreneurs, and place last year’s successes in context alongside the Foundation’s strategic plan.

The program, which is being held at The Club at Key Center, will begin at 6:15PM, preceded by a 45-minute period of registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres.

If you plan to attend, you should probably call Erica Penick at 216.771.8702 at extension 225 tomorrow, since the RSVP deadline was Valentine’s Day.

Black Professional of the Year nominations due this Friday

The Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation annual meeting is coming up on March 12, at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Building, 2500 East 22 Street. This year’s Black Professional of the Year will be announced during the meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30PM-7:30PM.

Dr. Michael Schoop, president of the college’s Metro Campus, will deliver the
Dr.Michael Schoop
keynote address for the meeting. Also on the agenda are the swearing of new trustees and recognition of the Foundation’s 2013 Class of Scholars.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Guests are required to RSVP by emailing their intentions to info@BPACF.org with the subject line “Annual Meeting RSVP” or by calling 216.229.7110.

There is still time to submit your candidate for Black Professional of the Year. Nominations remain open through this Friday, February 28. The organization has been working to increase community involvement in the nominating process.

To submit a BPOY nomination, visit www.BPACF.org and download the nomination form.

A Smorgasboard of Civic Revelry on tap this Friday

We don’t know if people suddenly woke up and realized that Black History Month was about to end or what, but there is abundant civic merriment scheduled for Friday, the last day of this year’s Black History Month observance.

We mentioned yesterday that the NAACP was hosting an open house at its new digs, 7100 Euclid Ave., in midtown. That event, which includes a Black History observance, runs from 6:30PM-8:30PM.

Only a few blocks away, another venerable institution, Karamu, is hosting its first-ever “Mix and Mingle” mixer, featuring live music provided by Kevin Conwell and the Footprints. We assume but don’t vouch for the group leader being the Glenville councilman.

We do know that the cost of admission is $7. And that attendees should bring their dancing shoes, a willingness to socialize, and their “own spirits”. We think that makes this a cabaret.

Of course you know Karamu is at the corner of Quincy Ave. and East 89th Street, where the revelry will extend from 6PM until 10:30PM.

And the latest event to come to our attention comes from a sponsoring cast of thousands. It’s a Cavs-Jazz postgame Black Heritage event inside Bridges at the Q. We guess that means you have to buy a ticket to the game, which you can do for as little as $19 here.  The reception will take place on Level 4 and last until 11:30PM. The Unit Band will provide the sounds and there will be complimentary cocktails.

The cast of thousands? Add up the membership rolls of the cosponsors, which include the Society of Urban Professionals, the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Black MBAs, the 100 Black Men of Cleveland,  the Women’s Leadership Forum, the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Cleveland, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Black Sports Professionals, the Cleveland State University Black Alumni, the Kent State University Black Alumni,  the Men of Morehouse local alumni chapter, and maybe more …

• • •

All of this activity makes you thing there must be a whole lot of educated and healthily employed African Americans in Greater Cleveland. It could make you wonder what they might do collectively as part of some dynamic, progressive, innovative umbrella organization.

Might they have persuaded the county prosecutor to take less than 453 or so days [and counting] to bring some serious charges against the policemen who fired 137 bullets into a vehicle with two unarmed occupants

State Sen.
Nina Turner
is running for
Ohio Secretary
of State
Or could they have pooled some resources to take concerted action that might have minimized the hollowing out of the neighborhoods where so many of them grew up — Glenville, Mt. Pleasant, Collinwood, Kinsman, etc.?

Could they unite to help one of their own become the first Democrat elected to statewide office EVER? 

Now wouldn't that make some Black History in 2014 to celebrate in 2015?

1 comment:

Dick Peery said...

Richard-- It's hard for me to see how anyone can focus on Kasich sounding "...so compassionate and so concerned about education that he might have passed for a Democrat..."without focusing on the single most important issue facing us: the continuation of the right to vote. No matter what Kasich says, he has already enacted four laws that are designed to frustrate access to the polls for people of color, the elderly, students and poor people. The last two were just signed Friday. Republican governments across the country are passing piece meal measures state by state that until were are rendered as politically powerless and Black Belt share croppers were 100 years ago. And we keep dancing on the Titanic.