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IU Northwest to host Feb. 22 symposium on former Gary mayor Richard Hatcher’s historic election

Hatcher will join Cordell Stokes, son of late Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes, and others in panel discussion on the continuing impact of watershed 1967 election

On Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at 9 a.m., Indiana University Northwest will host a civic forum in commemoration of two historic 1967 elections. That year, mayoral candidates Carl Stokes of Cleveland, Ohio, and Richard Hatcher of Gary, Ind., made history by becoming the first two African-Americans elected as mayors of major American cities.

Now, 40 years later, IU Northwest is pleased to join the Gary Historical and Cultural Society in hosting a symposium honoring that achievement as part of the celebration of Black History Month.

Joining Hatcher in this panel discussion will be Cordell Stokes, son of the late Carl Stokes, who passed away in 1996 after a lifetime of public service. The younger Stokes is himself a politically active resident of Las Vegas. Scholars and other participants also will be on hand to discuss the importance of those 1967 elections and the impact that moment in history continues to have in America today.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located at the north end of the Savannah Center, which sits at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind. The public is invited to attend this free civic event.



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Christopher Sheid

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