Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Akron Community Service Center and Urban League
Erected 2015 by the City of Akron, Akron Chapter of the NAACP, the University of Akron and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 46-77.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1950.
Location. 41° 4.93′ N, 81° 30.572′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 E Market St, Akron OH 44308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. ¼ mile away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.4 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. half a mile away); Howard Street District (approx. half a mile away); Glendale Steps (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
More about this marker. The building has been razed but this marker marks the location.
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1. A Long and Local History. Excerpt:
With its location on Perkins Street, the Center was significantly hampered in its ability to provide services. In May of 1950, a new Akron Community Service Center and Urban League was constructed at 250 E. Market St. This new facility included all the amenities that were lacking for the black community. Fully equipped, the community center included a gymnasium, swimming pool, meeting rooms, classrooms, library, lounges and a kitchen. In the 1960s,(Submitted on November 20, 2019.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Ruby & the Romantics. Excerpt:
After auditioning, the group was signed to New York-based Kapp Records; Kapp Records artist and repertoire chief Allen Stanton changed their name to “Ruby & the Romantics.” Their hit song “Our Day Will Come” was originally intended for another artist on the label, crooner Jack Jones of “Wives and Lovers” fame, but the group saw its potential and persuaded Stanton to let them record it. Their song became a smash, going all the way to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, as well as reaching # 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart.(Submitted on November 20, 2019.)
By the year 1963, the group’s next release, “My Summer Love,” reached The Top 20, charting at No. 16 on the Hot 100 and a third release, the original version of “Hey There Lonely Boy” climbed to No. 27.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.