48 Hours in CLE: African American Culture

African American culture is deeply woven into the fabric of Cleveland’s history. Whether it’s the accomplishments of figures like Olympian Jesse Owens and inventor Garrett Morgan or the brilliant work of actress and activist Ruby Dee or even the political firsts of Carl and Louis Stokes, it’s clear to see that Clevelanders have left an indelible mark on the world. The city is filled with plenty of places to visit that connect Cleveland’s past to the present and point from the present to the future.

Day 1

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Urbean Joe Cafe was founded in 2009 by Joe Little and Terrell Howard and is the first independent black-owned coffee brand in the United States. They offer a full menu of hot beverages along with sandwiches and pastries. The venue also hosts open mic events occasionally.


The Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center at Cleveland State University frequently features exhibitions and holds gallery discussions throughout the year. Tours are available but they must be requested in advance.


Head to the Gateway District in Downtown Cleveland to for an afternoon soul food experience at Zanzibar, a casual full-service restaurant that features southern-style cuisine and a drink menu with more than 50 specialty drinks. Try the walleye cakes, smothered steak and, of course, the peach cobbler.

Read the rest of the itinerary at This Is Cleveland