Carl B. Stokes, the first Black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, announces his plans to step down and help develop a “people’s lobby.”
1971 (Apr 16)
Carl B. Stokes, the first Black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, announced that he was leaving office at the end of his current term in 1971. He said he would help develop a "people's lobby" to bring pressure on the two major political parties toward "responsive" presidential candidates in 1972 and toward a reordering of the nation's priorities. Stokes was first elected in 1967 as the first Black mayor of a major American city, and was reelected in 1969.