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New Dialogue Series by Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists Aims to Empower Northeast Ohio Communities

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists is launching a new dialogue series titled "Use Your Super Power" to inspire members of Northeast Ohio communities to recognize and harness the value and power of their voices, votes, and ability to effect change.

The free, yearlong series will bring together Cleveland-area residents, leaders, stakeholders, and journalists to discuss topics aimed at providing education, communication, and inspiration for crafting active solutions to address issues within our communities and the city of Cleveland.

Lila Mills, editor-in-chief of Signal Cleveland, will serve as the moderator for the virtual kickoff. Panelists for the inaugural dialogue on April 18 at 7 p.m. EST include:

  • Kayla Griffin, president of the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP

  • Erika Anthony, co-founder and executive director of Cleveland VOTES

  • Reverend Ben Gohlstin, pastor of Heritage Community Baptist Church and co-founder and executive director of G-Pac

  • Nicholas Perry, president and CEO of The Presidents' Council

The "Use Your Super Power" dialogue series will delve into the following detailed topics:

  • Recap of March 19, 2024 Primary Election: Panelists will provide an in-depth analysis and discussion of the outcomes, trends, and implications of the March 2024 primary election, highlighting key races and voter turnout.


  • Voter Registration: This segment will focus on the importance of voter registration, providing information on how to register, checking registration status, and addressing any challenges or barriers to voter registration within the community.



  • Why Getting Involved in Your Community and Voting Matters: Panelists will emphasize the significance of active participation in community engagement and voting. They will discuss how community involvement and voting can lead to positive change, strengthen democracy, and empower individuals to make a difference in their communities.


  • Issues Relevant to the November 2024 General Election and Ballot : 

  • The discussion will cover the key issues and initiatives that will be relevant to the general election and the November 2024 ballot. Panelists will provide insights, analysis, and perspectives on the upcoming general election, helping voters understand their significance and potential impact on the community,  city of Cleveland and country.




Participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions for the discussion as well.  

Join the virtual kickoff online on April 18 at 7 p.m. EST to engage in these important discussions. Register for the event for free here.

Stay tuned for updates on future dialogue topics and panelists.


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