Hiram College

Four members of Hiram College’s faculty will be holding public lectures this month at Lake View Cemetery’s Living Black History event. Lectures will take place each Wednesday in February at 10 a.m., and will be held in the Westfield Studio at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

Lake View Cemetery, located in Cleveland, is a burial ground for many remarkable figures in American history. Hiram College speakers will highlight the challenges and triumphs of prominent Black Americans buried at Lake View Cemetery and pay tribute to their sacrifices and contributions. Below is a listing of their lectures.

Feb 7 – Anisi Daniels-Smith, Ph.D., instructor of sociology and director of Hiram’s Emerging Scholars Program, will speak on Zelma George. George was a philanthropist who was an alternate in the United Nations General Assembly and – as headliner in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera “The Medium” – she was the first African American to assume a role typically played by a white actress.

Feb 14 – Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D., professor of history, will speak on Lethia Cousins Fleming who was a campaign organizer, women’s and civil rights activist, and a politician.

Feb 21, – Megan Altman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, will speak on Fannie Lewis, who was a renowned Cleveland city councilwoman.

Feb. 28 – Charlotte Rodabaugh, Ph.D., adjunct professor of history, will speak on William Otis Walker, a publisher, politician, and editor of the Cleveland-based African American newspaper Call and Post.

Throughout the year, the cemetery features speakers on historical figures who are buried there, including late Hiram College student and principal U.S. President James A. Garfield. The College has paired with Lake View Cemetery for the past three years to present lectures during Black History Month. These lectures delivered to area schools through WVIZ television, and aim to engage students while helping them develop an appreciation for those who have made an extensive impact in history.

Hiram Professor of History Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D., says that this series will introduce area high school students to the significance of African Americans in the history of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Sandlund, who also lectured at last year’s Lake View event, says she is excited about the continuing partnership between Hiram and the cemetery.

“The African Americans whom we discuss who are buried in Lake View Cemetery were leaders in civil rights, politics, education, social reform, and business,” says Dr. Sandlund. “They serve as an inspiration to students.”

All four lectures will be streamed live on ideastream.org/distance/special-presentations. Students may interact by asking questions before or during each lecture. Questions can be sent by email to John Ramicone at john.ramicone@ideastream.org.

Reservations for the lectures are free and can be made online at www.eventbrite.com