Constance D. Harper
News Desk | 8/22/2014, 12:20 p.m.
Constance D. Harper is the Associate Publisher and editor of the Cleveland based Call & Post Newspaper, which has editions serving the Black communities throughout Ohio. "Connie," as she is known, is a native Clevelander and a product of the Cleveland Public School system, where she began her career in journalism. She was the editor of both her junior and senior high school newspapers, the Alexander Hamilton Federalist and the John Adams Journal. A graduate of Central State University, she served as the editor of the college paper and school yearbook for four years. She has done graduate study at the University of Chicago. While teaching in the Cleveland Public Schools, she was the Teen Editor for the Cleveland Courier, a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh Courier. She left her position as a Cleveland school teacher to become the women's editor of the Call & Post and later became city editor. She was selected as one of two journalists to complete a fellowship in urban studies at the University of Chicago. She remained at the university briefly to work in the Public Affairs Department. She returned to Cleveland to direct the women's committee for Mayor Carl B. Stokes' re-election campaign.
Her next stop was Washington, D.C., where she was public affairs officer for the Leadership Institute for Community Development, a government funded program. While in D.C., her commitment to public service led her to volunteer for Africare, a nonprofit advocacy organization for the nations and people of Africa.
Additional career highlights took her to New York City, where she became the vice president of Don King Productions, traveling across the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Africa and Europe promoting championship fights.
In a career of service to her community, Connie has always volunteered for organizations working to assist the less fortunate. She is passionate about her immediate and extended family, her alma mater Central State University and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Inc. that honored her as the recipient of the Ohio Image-Maker Award.
She served as secretary of the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center. She personally touches her family, friends and the public as the author of the popular column "Constantly Yours," her signature piece that appears in the Call & Post.
Her station in the community has been elevated numerous times by other organizations who value her worth: Kaleidoscope Magazine recognized her as one of the "Women Who Give Back"; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Gamma Rho Chapter, presented her with their "Good News Award"; Northern Ohio Live magazine named her one of the most influential women in Northeast Ohio; and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Omega Chapter, honored her as their Citizen of the Year; Eta Phi Beta Sorority presented her its Community Service Award. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Cleveland Chapter, and the Cleveland Municipal School District have also recognized her value with honors.
She is a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, where she serves in a number of ministries. She also served as the vice president for governmental affairs on the Vocational Guidance Service's board of directors. VGS helps people with barriers to employment prepare themselves for a brighter future. She has served as a board member for the Center for Health Affairs, a hospital trade association representing 35 hospitals in Northeast Ohio that works to educate the public on issues that affect the delivery of health care. A former NAACP Branch Board member she now serves on the local Urban League board. Ms. Harper is a graduate of the 2004 Leadership Cleveland Class. She is an appointee of Cleveland’s Mayor Jackson to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Ms. Harper served as the Associate publisher of "Who's Who in Black Cleveland" for eight years. She was named the Woman of Vision by the Cleveland Chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women; Women in High Places in High Heels by The Trumpet Awards;
She was honored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee with their "In the Footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. Award”.
In 2010 she was named a National Honorary member of The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, a teacher’s sorority and in 2012 she was in the Women of Color Foundation's Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction class.
She was a 2013 Women of Achievement honoree by the Greater Cleveland YWCA and received the Business Trailblazer Award from the Christian Business League.