The exhibition, Each in Their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005, presented a survey of the work of 23 prominent African-American artists between 1970 and 2005 — a time in recent past characterized by breathtaking technological, cultural, social, and artistic changes. For the exhibition, artists were interviewed and allowed to speak about their work and their lives. These interviews document the artists, their lives, and the challenges and success they experienced.
The exhibition was on display at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery from January 23 to March 7, 2009. Each in Their Own Voice is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture as well as the Ohio Arts Council and an anonymous funder.
The exhibition was a sequel to 1996’s Yet Still We Rise: African-American Art in Cleveland 1920 to 1970.
Regennia N. Williams, Crystal M.G. Johnson, Kristen Hoegler, Brian Mangol, Kathleen Marcy, Michelle Cook, Barbara Jernigan, Chaitanya Kadem, Pavan Kambhatla, Betty O'Neal, Caleb Smith, and Atul Tanawade
"More than a century after the publication of The Souls of Black Folk...the church remains at the center of African American social life. However, like other aspects of social history, much of the history of religious institutions is “disappearing beneath our feet,” because not enough is being done to collect and preserve the primary evidence of the work of the church and to make this archival information available to established and budding 21st-century scholars. Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities promises to help address this problem through the collection and preservation of archival material related to the history of these institutions in Greater Cleveland..." — Dr. Regennia N. Williams
Notable Blacks of Cleveland contains approximately 2000 images of 500 individuals selected from the photographs in the Cleveland Press Collection. This collection was donated to the Cleveland State University Library when that newspaper ceased publication in 1982. The photographs in the collection generally date from the 1920's on, with most of them from 1960 to 1982. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the individuals. Links have been provided to biographies that are available in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.