City Leaders Salute Arnold Pinkney

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CLEVELAND -- City leaders came together to observe the final day of Black History month and to also pay tribute to the late, great Arnold Pinkney.

The well-known political consultant passed away in January at 83.

“Unfortunately, we just lost one of the pioneers in the City of Cleveland. So, the committee chose to honor Mr. Pinkney and all the work that he had done in the community,” said Shelley Shockley.

Shockley helped put together a special ceremony at City Hall. More than 100 people attended, all of them with stories to share.

“We called him the General and whenever he was in charge, he was in charge, but you could rely on his professionalism and the results,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

He was one of several speakers at the ceremony. He, like the others, spoke highly of Pinkney.

“He's well known, plus he made major contributions. He always talked about those people who may not be as well-known, but also made contributions in their everyday lives.”

Pinkney worked with many high profile politicians like Cleveland’s first African American Mayor Carl Stokes as well as Jesse Jackson when he ran for president in the 80’s.

He was a community activist too, with a passion for education.

“He served on the Cleveland School Board. He had a big heart for education,” said Executive Director Blaine Griffin with the city’s Community Relations Board. “A lot of us in the City of Cleveland are going to miss him, he was a very good friend to a lot of us.”

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