Art, academic contributions, political action, food, and more demonstrate the Black genius and resilience that influence every aspect of our culture. Black history is one we should all be proud of. There is place in this movement for all of us.
Our journey is made stronger when we feel a sense of connectivity to one another. TWIST is proud to recognize Black History Month by uplifting the efforts of our community and amplifying the contributions of several Black leaders in Cleveland. These individuals illuminate our path toward a more just — and inspired — society.
Bishara Addison is no stranger to public policy issues. The Shaker Heights native served in the Ohio House of Representatives and is currently with the philanthropic alliance Fund for Our Economic Future. She’s an indispensable member of its staff, bringing to the table a better understanding of job preparation and workforce development — helping the area achieve more equitable economic growth.
After leading Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb through a successful election bid, the savvy of Bradford Davy is ever present. The Near Westside native now serves as Chief of Staff for the City of Cleveland. Bradford focuses on many efforts, including featuring Cleveland’s rich diversity, addressing the city’s racial inequities, and increasing opportunities for the entire community. He can often be seen supporting neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits.
Tony Ferguson is a champion for the arts in Northeast Ohio, using his show on iHeartRadio to shine a spotlight on and empower up-and-coming artists from Cleveland. This year, his efforts include recognizing 50 years of hip hop — a fitting celebration for the city that is home of the biggest selling and most influential hip hop group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
This is only a snapshot of the trailblazers, innovators, and activists creating positive change in Northeast Ohio. The Fearless Thinkers at TWIST are honored to have worked alongside these individuals and are happy to offer a small sampling of their stories to tell a broader narrative about Cleveland’s rich diversity.
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