By Devon Jones
In celebration of Black History month, the Cleveland Observer will be collaborating with Case Western Reserve University and Black Girl Media to facilitate an educational and interactive event titled “Black History in Your Backyard.”
This event will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
The event will be an educational speaking engagement with the LaJean Ray of Fatima Family Center.
Ray is the Director of Fatima Family Center. She has been an advocate for education, economic equality, and community empowerment for over 45 years.
35 of those years have been focused primarily on improving the quality of life for residents of Cleveland’s Hough community.
Director LaJean Ray works to improve educational opportunities for youth, provide technological support for seniors, and guidance to families. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, and a Master’s Degree in History from Kent State University. LaJean has stated that she is a life-long learner.
Her discussion will be focused on Black history and its relevance to the city of Cleveland.
There will be also be a raffle for a “Black History Month Starter Pack.” The gift set will include PPE, hand sanitizer, a book relevant to the civil rights movement, and a $10 gift card to a local black-owned business in Cleveland, or surrounding areas.
Every aspect of this event will follow COVID-19 safety and social distancing guidelines.
The event will be held virtually on Zoom on 02/21/2021 at 3 PM.