This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled "Living Black History at Lake View Cemetery"


To engage high school students and develop their appreciation for Black History Month, ideastream is hosting Living Black History at Lake View Cemetery in the Westfield InsuranceTM Studio Theatre located in the Idea Center® at Playhouse Square. This February, four inspiring lectures will showcase the lives of prominent African-Americans buried at Lake View Cemetery. Moderated by Dee Perry, the presentations will be held every Wednesday throughout the month of February at 10am.

Our first program will feature Zelma George.   Ms.George was a well-known African-American artist and philanthropist, world famous as a Broadway headliner in Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera, The Medium, the first African American to play a role that was typically played by a white actress.  She was active as a leader and performer at Cleveland’s Karamu House, the United States’ oldest African-American theater. 

Active in the YMCA during the 50’s, George promoted intercultural and interracial relations, believing strongly in those fields she received a doctorate from the New York University in 1954.  George serviced as a goodwill ambassador and lecturer for the U.S. State Department.  During 1960 she was appointed as an alternate member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.  Returning to Cleveland, she served as the director to the Cleveland Job Corps from 1966-1974.

All four programs will be streamed live at Schools may interact by emailing questions prior to or during each program. Please send questions to John Ramicone at


Presenter Anisi Daniels Smith - Hiram College Faculty

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