Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

September 9, 1961

On September 9, 1961, the Cleveland Call and Post reported that sixteen women in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood were protesting the unsanitary conditions in their apartment building. “Complaining that kitten-size rats get into bed with their children, into the stoves eating food and that roaches are ‘all over the place’ the tenants at 935 Lakeview Rd. last week went on a ‘rent strike,’” the Call and Post noted. Five of the women had been served with eviction notices, and the others were waiting for theirs. “We are not going to pay any more of this high rent until this place is exterminated,” they told the newspaper.

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