(Cleveland) -- A year-long commemoration of Carl Stokes' historic election as mayor of Cleveland begins today. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will speak at Cuyahoga Community College's East Campus on how Stokes' election set the city on its current course.

It's the first of several service, educational and arts events planned to mark the 50th anniversary of Stokes becoming America's first big-city black mayor.

The event will be at 7:00 p.m. at the college's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. Free tickets are required, and can be obtained online.

Other events can be checked out here.

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