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Glenville Riots of 1968

Carl Stokes took office as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio on the 1st of January, 1968.  He'd been elected during November of 1967, a year marked by racial tensions and riots (particularly during the summer months).

The first African-American mayor in the U.S., Stokes faced a challenge during July of 1968 when an incident referred to as the "Glenville Shootout" took place between the 23rd and 28th of that month.

The Cleveland Memory project tells us more details about the Glenville Shootout:

On the evening of July 23, 1968 violence erupted between police and a black militant group led by Fred (Ahmed) Evans within Cleveland's 6 square mile Glenville neighborhood. When order was finally restored three days later on July 28 by the National Guard, 7 people lay dead , 15 were wounded.

While the Glenville neighborhood was left torn apart by rioters, looters and arsonists, Cleveland was left torn apart by the ensuing controversy. Carl B. Stokes, the mayor of Cleveland at the time, would later write in his autobiography, Promises of Power, "The aftermath of that night was to haunt and color every aspect of my administration for the next three years."

This video clip - which educator Garth Holman produced for a middle-school online course in Beachwood, Ohio - provides background, contemporary images and commentary about this event during America’s civil-rights era.


Media Credits

Video clip, by Garth Holman, online via Garth Holman's Channel at YouTube.

 

LICENSE:  Standard YouTube License

 

 

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