Commission on Black Women and Girls

Commission on Black Women and Girls

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. EDT

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601 Lakeside Ave E Cleveland, OH 44114 (Directions)

Cleveland City Hall, Room 514 (or join remotely on Microsoft Teams)

In February 2024, Mayor Justin Bibb swore in the first members of the Commission on Black Women and Girls – a commission established by City Council nearly two years earlier.

The commission aims to explore how the city can improve the quality of life for Black women and girls. A 2020 City Lan Livable Index study placed Cleveland among the worst cities for Black women.

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Commission members:

  • Chair: Kathryn M. Hall, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion, JACK Entertainment
  • Vice Chair: Dr. Linda Bradley, Women’s Health Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • Eugenia Cash-Kirkland, Social Support Services director, City of Cleveland
  • Rev. Dr. Lisa Maxine Goods, senior pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Taneisha Fair, associate, Racial Equity, The Center for Community Solutions
  • Stephanie Howse-Jones, Cleveland City Council Ward 7
  • Shameka Jones Taylor, chief operating officer, Saint Martin de Porres High School
  • Anastasia Sakairoun, student, Cleveland State University College of Law
  • Dameyonna Willis, founder and executive director, Queen IAM
  • Lita-Marie Wills, commissioner of Health Equity and Social Justice, City of Cleveland

Find past Documenters coverage of this commission here:

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Edited and summarized by the Cleveland - OH Documenters Team

Note-taking by Michaylah Burch

Commission discusses finding a college woman to fill seat on board

Agency Information

Commission on Black Women and Girls

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From the City of Cleveland website:

“Cleveland recently ranked the worst city in America for Black women, who are the backbone of our communities. Mayor Bibb is proud to launch the Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls to create opportunities and improve quality of life for Black women and girls. The newly formed Commission will advocate, initiate and champion programs and legislation to improve outcomes for Black women and girls, and their families and communities.”

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