Carl Stokes

About Carl Stokes

Who is it?: Former Mayor of Cleveland
Birth Day: June 21, 1927
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A, United States
President: Bill Clinton
Preceded by: Inaugural holder
Succeeded by: Phillip DeLaine
Cause of death: Cancer
Resting place: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Shirley Edwards Raija Kostadinov
Children: Carl Stokes Jr. Cordi Stokes Cordell Stokes Cynthia Stokes Sasha Kostadinov (stepson)
Parents: Charles Stokes Louise Stone
Alma mater: University of Minnesota Cleveland State University
Occupation: Politician, Lawyer
Awards: World War II Victory Medal
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: 1945–1946
Rank: Private
Battles/wars: World War II

Carl Stokes

Carl Stokes was born on June 21, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A, United States, is Former Mayor of Cleveland. Carl Stokes was an American politician and 51st mayor of Cleveland. His selection as the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio signifies a new era in the political arena of America. Hailing from a poor economical background, Carl was an alumnus of prestigious University of Minnesota Law School. He started his career by working as the assistant city prosecutor of Ohio bar. His political career began when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. As a mayor of Cleveland, he played a crucial role in creating employment opportunities for African-Americans and women. He skilfully dealt with the difficult situation during the movement of white residents in Cleveland. In his autobiography “Promises of Power”, he admitted that the incident of Glenville Shootout that resulted in the death of six black civilians ruined his effort to build a sense of unity in solving racial discrimination in Cleveland. As part of the television station WNBC, he was the first black anchorman of the New York City. As the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and civic awards, this powerful politician represented America during several goodwill trips around the world. The National League of Cities voted him its first black president -elect in 1970.
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As per our current Database, Carl Stokes has been died on April 3, 1996(1996-04-03) (aged 68)\nCleveland, Ohio.

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When Carl Stokes die, Carl Stokes was 68 years old.

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Occupation Political Leaders
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 21, 1927 (Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A, United States)
Birthday June 21
Town/City Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A, United States
Nationality United States

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Carl Stokes’s zodiac sign is Cancer. According to astrologers, the sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart, they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don't have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

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Carl Stokes was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

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Stokes was born in Cleveland, the son of Louise (Stone) and Charles Stokes, a laundryman who died when Carl was three years old. He and his brother, Politician Louis Stokes, were raised by their mother in Cleveland's first federally funded housing project for the poor, Outhwaite Homes. Although a good student, Stokes dropped out of high school in 1944, worked briefly at Thompson Products (later TRW), then joined the U.S. Army at age 18. After his discharge in 1946, Stokes returned to Cleveland and earned his high school diploma in 1947.


He then attended several colleges before earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1954. He graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1956 and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1957. While studying law he was a probation officer. For four years, he served as assistant prosecutor and became partner in the law firm of Stokes, Stokes, continuing that practice into his political career; it was successful after one year.


Elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1962, he served three terms. Stokes worked hard to even out legislative districts. Then, Ohio had uneven representation among its Congressional and General Assembly districts. By the late 1960s, he was able to carve out a district that could elect him to Congress, but deferred to his brother Louis Stokes who represented Cleveland in the US House of Representatives for three decades. Stokes narrowly lost a bid for mayor of Cleveland in 1965. His victory two years later drew national attention, as he was the first black mayor of one of the ten biggest cities in the United States.


As mayor, Stokes opened city hall jobs to blacks and women. He was known as a strong administrator, and is remembered for his vision and motivation. Stokes feuded with City Council and the Police Department for most of his tenure. He also initiated Cleveland: Now!, a public and private funding program aimed at the revitalization of Cleveland neighborhoods. Stokes pulled through and was reelected in 1969.


After his mayoral administration, Stokes lectured to colleges around the country. In 1972, he became the first black anchorman in New York City when he took a job with television station WNBC-TV. While at WNBC New York, Stokes won a New York State Regional Emmy for excellence in craft, for a piece about the opening of the Paul Robeson play, starring James Earl Jones on Broadway. After accusing NBC of failing to promote him to a national brief, he returned to Cleveland in 1980 and began serving as general legal counsel for the United Auto Workers.


From 1983 to 1994, he served as municipal judge in Cleveland. President Bill Clinton then appointed him U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles. Stokes was awarded 12 honorary degrees, numerous civic awards, and represented the United States on numerous goodwill trips abroad by request of the White House. In 1970, the National League of Cities voted him its first black president-elect.


He was on an episode of Eyes on the Prize. Eyes on the prize is a documentary about the Civil Rights Movement. It was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1992. The episode he was in was part nine out of fourteen episodes and it was called "Power in 1967-1968". A significant line that he spoke within the episode was,"Don't vote for me because I am a Negro, but God knows don't vote against me because I am a Negro." This line speaks to who he was a political figure for African Americans and the humbleness he exuded. His Desire for his political campaign was to vote for him because of his intelligence and humanity not for a pity vote because of his skin color.


The US Federal Courthouse Tower in downtown Cleveland, completed in 2002, was named the Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House Building. There are many other buildings, monuments and a street named for his memory within the City of Cleveland including the CMHA Carl Stokes Center, Stokes Boulevard, and the eponymous Carl Stokes Brigade club. Members of the Brigade celebrate his birthday every year at Lakeview Cemetery with gravesite services.


In November 2006, the Western Reserve Historical Society opened an exhibit entitled Carl and Louis Stokes: from Projects to Politics. Focusing on the brothers' early life at the Outhwaite projects, Service in World War II, and eventual rise to politics, the exhibit ran until September 2008.


After his election, Stokes said, "I can find no more fitting way to end this appeal, by saying to all of you, in a more serious and in the most meaningful way that I can, that truly never before have I ever known to the extent that I know tonight, the full meaning of the words, ‘God Bless America', thanks a lot."

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