My Hope For Glenville: Amir Ali-Bey

Amir Ali-Bey was 15 years old when the 1968 Glenville shootout erupted.

He'd been involved with the Afro culture shop that Fred Ahmed Evans ran. 

“It was just something that - coming to the mind of a youth - that things just aren’t right with the bureaucracy and then being taught my history and black culture from a grassroots level is what I learned,” recalled Ali-Bey.

Evans would later be convicted of murder for the deaths of three Cleveland police officers and a civilian in a shootout on the night of July 23, 1968. Three members of Evans’ black nationalist group also died.

In the days after the shootout, Ali-Bey says he was harassed by police and National Guardsmen who were sent into the Glenville neighborhood to restore order following fires and looting of area businesses.

“As a matter of fact, a friend of mine was hit with a rifle butt across the forehead and he lives with that scar today,” said Ali-Bey.

Ali-Bey says his hope for Glenville is that the neighborhood turns around for sake of the young people growing up there now.


Produced by Hannah Edelman.

Support Provided By

More Wcpn Schedule
More Wclv Schedule
90.3 WCPN
WCLV Classical 104.9
NPR Hourly Newscast
The Latest News and Headlines from NPR
This text will be replaced with a player.
This text will be replaced with a player.
This text will be replaced with a player.