Black History Month and Geneva Business Expo

On February 21st, our first event was the final City of Cleveland Black History Month Program for 2019 held in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. This time, the emphasis was on Arts and Culture so we were treated to a performance of Mr. Cornell Hubert Calhoun, III’s short but powerful play Hollow Image (A Daughter’s Trilogy) about an African-American family living in Cleveland in 1968 coming to terms with the death of its patriarch who worked at Republic Steel for many years.

Afterwards, Mr. Calhoun, himself, presented an award to Mr. Edward Ridley who composed the music for his play and has been a highly regarding figure in Cleveland’s artistic community for many years. While accepting his award, Mr. Ridley urged Cleveland to cultivate its young talent, which is indeed quite plentiful. In fact, Mr. Ridley believed that if all our resources were utilized, fewer people would be tempted to leave Cleveland to pursue careers in the arts in other locales because opportunities here would be abundant.

After we left the Rotunda, we drove to Geneva High School in Ashtabula County to take part in the 25th annual Geneva Business Expo.

We believe that this is our third time tabling for Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC at this venue which, this year, featured 48 exhibitors and was attended by at least 200 people. Miss Caitlin Barnicoat, a charming young lady who will reign as the Queen of Geneva’s famed Grape Jamboree for 2019, greeted visitors like us as we entered.

Interestingly, the table we were assigned was located between those of “Gym Kandy” a promising firm that just opened that supplies such services as fitness consultations and healthy vitamin supplements and “The K9 Confectionary” an established home-grown business that creates delicious treats for dogs.

As we tabled several people stopped by, including a woman who told us that Ms. Margaret W. Wong helped her dad when he immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. It is always a pleasure to meet people whose lives we have touched in person. Along these lines, we gave away several copies of Ms. Wong’s book, The Immigrant’s Way, including one to a young man who had been studying immigration and was aware that comprehensive reforms were needed.

We gave another copy to a woman whose sibling, through adoption, came to the United States from another country. She believed that since this took place many years ago when her sibling was a baby, he/she would probably be “good” but from the way things have been going lately, she was worried.