Monthly Archives: November 2014

Make Them Hear You!

Go out and tell the story, let it echo far and wide.  

Make them hear you.  Make them hear you.  

How justice was our battle and how justice was denied,

Make them hear you.  Make them hear you.

And say to those who blame us for the way we chose to fight

That sometimes there are battles that are more than black or white.

And I did not put down my sword when justice was my right.

Make them hear you.  Make them hear you.

 

- Lynn Ahrens, Lyricist

 

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Gerald Woodard

 

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, four incredibly talented men shared their musical gifts in a public performance titled “Make Them Hear You!”  Pianist L.R. Smith and cellist Gerald Woodard accompanied tenors Dwight Fleming and Matthew Jones during the concert at Cleveland’s North Presbyterian Church. RASHAD and RMW Business Enterprises co-sponsored this event, and Cleveland State University student Benji Alatise designed the beautiful hand-crafted decorations.

 

 

(Left to right) Regennia N. Williams, Dwight Fleming, Benjie Alatise, and Gerald Woodard.

 

 

(left to right) L.R. Smith, Dwight Fleming, and a concert guest.

(left to right) L.R. Smith, Dwight Fleming, and a concert guest.

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

Celebrating with the African-American Library and Cultural Center

 

Dr. Regennia N. Williams (left) and Councilman Richard Trojanski of Maple Heights, Ohio.

Dr. Regennia N. Williams (left) and Councilman Richard Trojanski of Maple Heights, Ohio.

The members of the Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center really have a wonderful way of letting people know that their work is appreciated.  On October 25, 2014, the group hosted its 5th “Spotlight on the Young, Gifted & Black” dinner, and I was honored to share the dais with The Rev. Dr. Robin Hedgeman, Dr. Christopher Hawkins, The Rev. Lean C. K. Lewis, Mr. Frederick M. Parks, Jr., and Mayor Bradley D. Sellers. Mr. Adam Trumbo accepted a plaque on behalf of his aunt, the late Ms. Constance Harper, long-time Associate Publisher of the Call & Post Newspaper, who passed away the evening before the program.   The sold-out event  included a reception and dinner, and a short speech by each of the honorees.

As their mission statement suggests, “The Northeast Ohio African-American Library and Cultural Center displays, interprets, and preserves the arts, culture, and history of African-Americans.”