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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  5 million views.

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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

Memorial services for retired Cleveland judge Jean Murrell Capers announced... By ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Memorial services for  retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge Jean Murrell Capers (pictured) are set for  Monday, Sept 25 at 6 pm at Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Cleveland, 3842 Eat 131st Street.

Arrangements are by EF BOYD AND SON FUNERAL HOME

Capers was the longest living former or current Black elected official in Ohio, and likely elsewhere, and the first Black woman to serve on Cleveland City Council.


The beloved public servant passed away in her sleep the afternoon of July 17 at the Judson Manor assisted living facility in Cleveland where she lived for the last several years.


Judge Capers, as she was affectionately referred to since judges in Ohio retain such title unless they quit, lose election or reelection or are removed from the bench for malfeasance or other reasons, died with a doctor, a nurse and her guardian, Vel Scott, by her side, a family spokesperson said.


An Obama supporter, Capers was elected to Cleveland City Council in 1949, long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


She was a staunch advocate for Blacks, women, the poor and other disenfranchised groups, and was one of the first members of the  Women's Advisory Council for the women's division of what is now called the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


After retiring she frequently would rally and march with greater Cleveland community activists on community issues.


She believed firmly in the application of the Constitution of the United States of America from the free speech clause of the first amendment to the equal protection and due process clauses under the 14th amendment.


And she would call out Black leaders she felt did not stand up enough for the Black community.


At the age of 62 she was appointed to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench. She  later won election to the court, now a 13 -member largely Black court, and remained there until her retirement.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor and former council president who for decades represented ward 5, which includes the central neighborhood, said Capers will not be forgotten.


"Judge Capers gave her time and talent to mentoring future leaders and was a tenacious advocate and fighter for the city, the central neighborhood and the people," said Jackson in a press release. " I remember her as a person who required excellence, order and professionalism."


Jackson said that Capers was "the first ‘Negro’ female member of city council, but despite her accomplishments, she never forgot where she came from, and stayed in the central neighborhood until just a few years ago. "


"Judge Capers was a colleague, neighbor and a friend, I will miss her dearly," said Mayor Jackson, a Democrat.


She was a community icon and had an enduring personality, said other Black elected officials who knew her.

 

"To have known her was to have loved her," state Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat  and former city councilman, told Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com during an interview on yesterday. "If there is one icon that shows brightly in Cleveland's historical years, she was it, and we shall miss her."


11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of the majority Black city of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio,  praised Capers too.


"Judge Capers was a role model for women from her competitive days as a tennis and health and physical education teacher, to her advocacy in the courtroom and time on the bench," said Fudge. "She was a tireless worker and our champion, fighting to defend the rights of people."

 

Born on Jan 11,  1913, Capers has been courted for the last several years on her annual birthday by the Black community of greater Cleveland and area media, among others, the last gathering with community activists, friends and family members on her birthday this year at the Judson Manor assisted living facility.

 

At that birthday gathering, which also included her younger sister Alice Murrell Rose, now 100 years-old, and her sister's son, Capers was vibrant and told .Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com that she expected to live many more years.


" I don't think about dying," Capers told editor Kathy Wray Coleman of .Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, "Ohio's Black digital news leaders. "I think about living."


Also a former school teacher and prior assistant attorney general, and a Black Democrat turned Republican with friends and supporters across partisan lines, she was one of five siblings, and was born in Kentucky, later migrating to Ohio and becoming a legend in her own right.


The outspoken and highly respected Capers was a community activist and until recently remained active in the community.


Until last year Capers was an assistant commentator on the weekly WJMO 1490 am radio show in Cleveland dubbed the Art McKoy University Show of Common Sense, a radio broadcast that features community activists Art McKoy and Al Porter of Black on Crime Inc and addresses urban issues across the spectrum from Black on Black Crime and police brutality to racism, and politics.


"We  loved the judge and we will miss her," said McKoy, a longtime community activist who founded the greater Cleveland grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



By Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Call us or email us at advertising@clevelandurbannews.com for advertising and your Facebook or other video. Get noticed on the web. The www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com leads all Ohio reporters in readers in Goggle Plus. CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.

PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS