CSU 50th Anniversary Presidential Forums

Speaker Series

As part of our yearlong celebration of our 50th Anniversary, the community is invited to a special series of panels featuring nationally-renowned thought leaders who will explore the future of education, health care, business and leadership in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Attendance at each of the 50th Anniversary CSU Presidential Forums is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served. Registration is required; seating is limited.

Unless otherwise noted, events will be held at the CSU Student Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, in the Glasscock Family Ballroom.

Valet parking is available under the Student Center (Lot 22). Please enter on East 22nd Street.

*Dates are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

View the video from the previous Presidential Forums here.

Reflections on 50 Years of African-American
Mayoral Leadership in the U.S.


Monday, April 27, 2015*

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Carl Stokes became the first black mayor of a large American city when he was elected to lead the city of Cleveland in November 1967. The program will examine the progress of American cities through the leadership and guidance of black mentors.

Keynote Conversation:
The Honorable Louis Stokes
U.S. Representative 1969-1999
with David Stradling, Ph.D. and Richard Stradling
co-authors of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, '77 BA, '79 MS, '83 JD
City of Cleveland, OH

Mayor Tony T. Yarber
City of Jackson, MS

Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson
City of Gary, IN

Presented by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs