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Carl Stokes' Legacy, Cleveland Refugee Bike Project


As President Barack Obama, the first African American President ends his historic term, we’ll look at another historic moment in black leadership, Carl Stokes becoming the first African American mayor of a major city. On The Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk with biographer David Stradling, historian Ronnie Dunn and Dean of Tri-C’s Humanities Center, Lauren Onkey about his lasting impact on things like social justice and environmental reform. And we'll hear about a community-wide commemoration of the Stokes legacy kicking off on Friday at The City Club of Cleveland. Then, we’ll talk about the hardship many refugees face and a project aimed at giving refugees a chance to become more independent, called the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project.


- David Stradling, Author, “Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes & the Struggle to Save Cleveland"
-Ronnie Dunn, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University
-Lauren Onkey, Chair and Dean, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, Cuyahoga Community College
-Danielle Drake, Community Relations Manager, US Together Inc. Cleveland Office 
-Gentile Uwera, Refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo 
-Tim Kovach, Organizer, Cleveland Refugee Bike Project
-Jim Sheehan, Director, Ohio City Bike Co-op

Rachel is the Supervising Producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”