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Carl Stokes Brigade Elects New President, Activist Delores Gray
Delores Gray President Carl Stokes BrigadeCourtesy of Delores Gray. Cleveland, OH. - Voting members of the Carl Stokes Brigade elected Activist Delores Gray as President on March 12, 2022, during their regular membership meeting. Cleveland native Bert Jennings founded the Brigade in the 1970s. Bert's and his organization named the Brigade after Carl B. Stokes. In 1967, Stokes was the first black man to be elected Mayor of the City of Cleveland. The organization focuses on civil rights and social justice issues.