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Historian to speak about racial, environmental issues in Cleveland

Published: February 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are teaming up to host historian David Stradling at Happy Days Lodge on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Stradling will transport you back to Cleveland in 1969, when Carl Stokes was in office as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Cleveland was in the midst of an environmental crisis that culminated in the Cuyahoga River fire. The city was facing other challenges such as poverty, racism, and housing issues -- all of which demanded Stokes' attention. Stradling will address the city's conflicted relationship with one of its most iconic historic events. He explores why the recovery of the Cuyahoga River and the revival of neighborhoods along its shores contrasts so sharply with the persistence of the city's racial and economic divide.

Stradling's presentation is part of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Lyceum Lecture Series..

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Buy tickets at forcvnp.org/cvi or call 330-657-2909 option 4.

Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 W. Streetsboro Road (state Route 303).

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