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Tag Archives: City Club of Cleveland

“Very Heartfelt And Intellectual”: College Students Reflect On Lillian Faderman

Photo by Donn R. NottageWhen Lillian Faderman spoke at the City Club of Cleveland this September, she ably distilled her ample Anisfield-Wolf winning history, “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle,” into a half-hour presentation with 20 minutes of questions. Her audience was diverse, and several members expressed awe over a 76-year-old pioneer who came out as a lesbian in 1956.Among the listeners were 14 young adults enrolled in a seminar on philanthropy in America -- all first-year students at Case Western Reserve University.“Lillian Faderman has long been a hero of mine and her work has informed my own research on early modern women,” said their professor, Barbara Burgess-Van Aken. She called her decision to bring the class “a shamelessly selfish choice which I... Read More →

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Dismantling White Supremacy: “Any Definition Of Race Always Depends Upon Power”

Photo credit: Donn Nottage Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is very clear on his role: Dig for the truth and get out of the way. "If you are going to be a writer you have to write into the wind. You have to say, 'I'm prepared to do this and give my all, even if only 20 people read the book.'" Many thousands have embraced Coates' Between the World and Me, which caught fire immediately upon its July release and topped the New York Times bestseller list. It is a National Book Award finalist and earned a jacket blurb from Toni Morrison, who crowned Coates the successor to James Baldwin. "I've been writing for 20 years—all of this is recent,” he said. “I liked what I was doing before this happened and I'll like what I'm doing when this goes away."  Sitting across from City Club of... Read More →

Marian Wright Edelman Brings Her Crusade To End Child Poverty To Cleveland

Photo by Donn R. Nottage Marian Wright Edelman—born 75 years ago in small-town Bennettsville, S.C.—was named for the great contralto Marian Anderson. The founder of the Children’s Defense Fund still lifts up her voice. During her third appearance at the City Club of Cleveland, Edelman peppered her talk with notions that seem boiled down over the decades: God did not make two classes of children. A nation that does not stand up for its children doesn’t stand for anything at all. I don’t know why we don’t do what we know. We don’t have a money problem. We have a morality problem. I want black kids and brown kids to see something in their future called college, not prison. These were no bromides. Edelman bolstered them with withering facts, expressing her four-decade... Read More →

Researcher Richard Rothstein Makes Compelling Push To Address Modern Segregation At City Club Of Cleveland

Photo credit | Donn R. Nottage In a popular U.S. high school history textbook, The Americans, there is only one sentence—in passive voice—on housing discrimination among more than 1200 pages of text: "African-Americans found themselves forced into segregated neighborhoods." So noted researcher Richard Rothstein, who cited this fact as an exemplar of American "collective amnesia" when it comes to how we discuss segregation. Such disingenuousness, he told the City Club of Cleveland, keeps our nation from righting past wrongs.  In October, the Economic Policy Institute published Rothstein’s latest scholarship: "The Making of Ferguson: Public Policy at Root of its Troubles." This work, praised for its incisive analysis by Ta-Nehisi Coates, synthesized the cumulative effects of... Read More →

Cleveland Teens Add Their Voices To Conversation On Racism, Injustice

Moderator Anthony Price of Shaw High School; Shakyra Diaz of the ACLU of Ohio; Jonathan Gordon of CWRU School of Law; Basheer Jones, writer and poet; Andres Gonzalez, chief of police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Shakyra Diaz, policy manager for the ACLU of Ohio, asked everyone in a crowded meeting hall who knew someone with a criminal conviction to raise a hand.  Almost every person – mostly youth – lifted an arm overhead. This was a respectable crowd – a City Club of Cleveland forum – and the arms aloft were eloquent. “The land of the free cannot be the land of the lock down,” Diaz said, and a junior at Gilmour Academy jotted the sentence in pencil on her program. The note-taking at “A Conversation on Race” at the City Club youth forum was no... Read More →

VIDEO: Ari Shavit Speaks At Cleveland City Club: “America Should Lead An Alliance Of Stabilizers”

Photo credit: Robert Muller The biggest laugh during Ari Shavit’s serious, passionate talk about the Middle East came at the end, when a questioner at the City Club of Cleveland asked the Israeli journalist about the Kurds. “Look,” Shavit said. “There are no good guys. There are no Canadians in the Middle East.  So you have two options: You opt out and say, ‘I’m a purist; I don’t touch it; it’s all contaminated.’ Or you say, ‘It’s a rough world out there, and promoting the lesser evil is doing the right thing.’" In “the world’s most unstable region,” Shavit insisted that the United States must stay in the game: “I think the distinction should be not between moderates and extremists but stabilizers and de-stabilizers. America should lead an alliance of... Read More →

Ta-Nehisi Coates Presents “Case For Reparations” At City Club Of Cleveland

Photo credit: Donn Nottage Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, walked to the lectern at the City Club of Cleveland and managed to distill two years of work on "The Case for Reparations" into an eight-word thesis: "What you have taken should be given back." It's time, he argues, for America's moral reckoning with the legacy of slavery. For Coates, 38, the spotlight has never been brighter. His 15,000-word article in The Atlantic, buttressed by original research, an extensive bibliography and film clips, broke the record for single-day traffic on the magazine’s website when it was published May 21. Coates took comic Stephen Colbert's jabs on "The Colbert Report." At MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry invited Coates onto her eponymous show, while Bill... Read More →
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