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8th Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration

James W. Wade III | 10/30/2013, 9:39 a.m.

Case Western Reserve University’s 8th Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration was held at John Hay High School.

Gospelfest culminates the university’s alumni and homecoming weekend festivities and is enjoyed by hundreds of people from CWRU and the Greater Cleveland community each year. Since the event’s inception, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones FSM ’71, LAW ’74, served as the honorary chairwoman and was passionate about celebrating CWRU and our community.

Her commitment to her alma mater matched her commitment to public life and her accomplishments were many. In honor of her memory, Gospelfest was named posthumously and will continue to celebrate her inspirational life, rich legacy, and impact she made on our campus community, the state of Ohio, and our nation.

This year, Rev. Paul Sadler, Sr., pastor of Mt. Zion Congregational Church, UCC served as the honorary chair and Wayne Dawson, Fox 8 Anchor, was the master of ceremonies.

Music was provided by Case Western Reserve University’s Voices of Glory, Antioch Baptist Church choir, Bethany Baptist Church, Voices of Imani from Imani Temple Ministries, Mt. Zion Congregational Church UCC, and Medical Mutual’s Gifts Choir.

The Rev. Paul Sadler opened the service with the invocation before CWRU President Barbara Snyder welcomed everyone to the event while CWRU Vice President of Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley presented special gifts and the Rev. Todd Davidson, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, gave the benediction.

Each year this event gets better and better.

As the first African-American woman from Ohio elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Stephanie Tubbs Jones represented the 11th Congressional District, she was a great asset to the Black community.

Born in Cleveland, Tubbs Jones graduated from the city’s Collinwood High School. She earned an undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, graduating with a degree in Social Work from the Flora Stone Mather College in 1971.

In 1998, Tubbs Jones won the Democratic nomination for the 11th District after 30-year incumbent Louis Stokes announced his retirement. This all but assured her election in the heavily Democratic, Black-majority 11th.

She was reelected four times with no substantive opposition.

Tubbs Jones was a co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She opposed the Iraq war, voting in 2002 against the use of military force. Despite representing a heavily unionized district, she was a strong proponent of free trade. Tubbs Jones most recently took a lead role in the fight to pass the United States – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement in November 2007.