Episode 3: Ohio v. Black Power (Carl Stokes/Glenville Shootout). Alex travels to the Land to meet with historian/author Jim Robenalt about his awesome book Ballots and Bullets (www.amazon.com/dp/B075TH4YNT/ref…oding=UTF8&btkr=1). We discuss Jim’s book and how Cleveland became the center of the civil rights movement in the North.
We journey through the 1960s in Cleveland, including: the Hough Rebellion, Martin Luther King, Jr., the election of Carl Stokes and the deadly Glenville Shootout in July 1968. We see the impact of Malcolm X, MLK, RFK, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon and Carl Stokes on black power politics. Alex and Jim discuss the historic election of Carl Stokes as Mayor of Cleveland in 1967, the first African American mayor of a major American city as an example of the ballot. And Fred Ahmed Evans and his fellow black nationalists as they opened fire on police in Glenville as an example of the bullet.
We journey through 50 years of race relations and “progress” towards solving the issue of race and poverty in the United States,. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it…