Black History Live

Honoree Paul Arnold, along with Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, and BBC Executive Director Timothy Tramble

Honoree Paul Arnold, along with Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, and BBC Executive Director Timothy Tramble

Black History Live brings stories of  the struggle, survival, and triumph of the African-American community to the youth of Ward 5.  The purpose of this event, which began in 2006 and has been held periodically since then, is to provide area youth with an opportunity to enjoy live theater performed by their peers.

At the beginning of the event, BBC recognizes its Living History Honoree, a person who is currently making an outstanding contribution to the Central and Kinsman communities. Recognizing an outstanding citizen from the neighborhood makes Black History more accessible to young people by making them aware that they should not only learn about those who have made history years ago, but those doing it today. Acknowledging the achievements of those who are making a difference while they are still alive allows them and their families to enjoy the recognition.

Honoree Earlaina Kemp, who at the time, was a high school student who wrote a winning screenplay in a national competition

Honoree Earlaina Kemp, who at the time, was a high school student who wrote a winning screenplay in a national competition

The Living History Honoree is someone who lives in their community and who has encountered some of the same challenges that they currently face, as opposed to someone they have only read about in a history book. Previous honorees include Louise Harris, Judge Jean Murrell Capers, Dwayne Browder, Priscilla Walton, Paul Arnold, Valerie McCall, Earlaina Kemp, and Donovan Duncan.

Black History Live is typically held in February or March each year.  Please help this event become an even greater success and more impactful to area youth by donating or volunteering.