Tri-C’s Stokes program featured in Cavs’ Black Heritage Celebration
January 31, 2017
The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will once again mark Black History Month with their annual Black Heritage Celebration, now in its 13th year. Over the course of four February home dates, the team will honor the legacy of past and present leaders in the black community, and the impact they’ve made both locally and nationally.
As part of the month-long celebration, the Cavs are partnering with Cuyahoga Community College to honor the legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes.
During the Feb. 23 game against the New York Knicks, the Cavs and Tri-C will honor selected young leaders in the community during a special halftime ceremony, recognizing their commitment to inspiring others and carrying forward the vision of Carl and Louis Stokes.
The evening is part of Tri-C’s “Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” program, a yearlong celebration of the Stokes legacy coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland – becoming the first black mayor of a major American city.
The Cavs will honor other black leaders on other theme nights throughout the month, including:
Feb. 1, vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Annie Easley and Dr. Guy Bluford. Easley, who worked at what is now NASA’s Glenn Research Center, was among the African-American mathematicians employed in the early years of U.S. space program, as dramatized in the recently released movie “Hidden Figures.” Dr. Bluford was the first African American in space and Northeast Ohio resident.
Feb. 25, vs. Chicago Bulls: Muhammad Ali, one of the most important sports and cultural figures of the 20th Century. At halftime, the Cavs will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Ali Summit,” during which Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown unified numerous important black athletes and leaders in support of Ali’s decision to opt out of the Vietnam War draft as a conscientious objector.
Feb. 27, vs. Milwaukee Bucks: A journey into the future. The Cavs will culminate their month-long celebration with a look at those who are helping to shape the future of the African-American community. The halftime presentation will showcase Marcus Graham Project students participating in the Cavs’ third annual sports marketing workshop.