Lead: In 1967 Carl Burton Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, the eighth largest city in America. He was a black man leading a white city and his problems were just beginning.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Stokes was the first African American to become a big city mayor, but others soon followed: Richard Hatcher, Walter Washington, Harold Washington, Coleman Young, Dutch Morial, Maynard Jackson. The irony is that, having faced discrimination and disenfranchisement for generations, blacks came to power just as the deterioration of the great cities of America was beginning to accelerate. Carl Stokes experience illustrates the problem.

 

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