Saturday, December 29, 2012

Former Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes hospitalized, Forbes is a former Cleveland City Council president who lost a bid for Cleveland mayor against Michael R.White in 1989, is general counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's most notable Black print publication that is owned by internationally known boxing promoter Don King

Former Cleveland NAACP President and Call and Post Newspaper General Counsel George L. Forbes

By Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper(www.clevelandurbannews.com)

CLEVELAND,Ohio-  Former Cleveland NAACP President George L. Forbes, a notable figure in Cleveland politics and one of the city's most prominent Black leaders, has been hospitalized, though details of his illness have not been made public.


Don King, a native Clevelander and international boxing promoter who publishes the Call and Post Newspaper
 The legal counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Cleveland's Black print press that is owned by internationally known boxing promoter Don King, and a former Cleveland City Council president famous for throwing a chair at Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson and for losing a bid for mayor against former protege Michael R. White in 1989, Forbes is one of Cleveland's most colorful Black leaders, and one that has been a power broker on political and community issues affecting the Black community for more than four decades beginning when he was first elected to city council in 1963. 
The Rev. Hilton Smith, the new president of the Cleveland NAACP who is a corporate executive for Turner Construction Company and also an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland
Forbes, 81, took the helm as president of the Cleveland NAACP in 1992 and officially resigned in April of this year. He is succeeded by the Rev Hilton Smith, 66, a former Cleveland School Board president and current corporate executive for Turner Construction Company who is also an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland.


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