Ruby and the Romantics, Howard Street scene depicted on banner

By Malcolm Abram
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio (left) talks with singer Ruby Nash next to a Black History banner in the lobby of the Summit County Juvenile Court on Tuesday. Nash was a member of Ruby and the Romantics who had a 1960's hit "Our Day Will Come'. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Akron singer Ruby Nash Garnett was on hand Tuesday as a banner was put on display in Summit County Juvenile Court, commemorating her career with Ruby and the Romantics. The banner also honors the Howard Street district, which drew African-American entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington from the 1930s through 1960s.

“It was great. Every time they do something, I feel good that Akron really thinks about me and our group,” Nash Garnett said of the honor. Ruby and the Romantics scored a No. 1 hit in 1963 with Our Day Will Come. They also had hits with My Summer Love and Hey There Lonely Boy.

“I was really surprised, I wasn’t expecting it to be so big. The picture was one that I hadn’t seen in years; I don’t have that picture, but I remember it. ... I’m just glad I’m still here to enjoy it,” she said. Group co-founders Ronald Mosley, Leroy Fann, George Lee and Ed Roberts are deceased.

The court observes Black History Month and Women’s History Month by displaying banners that celebrate accomplished African-American women with ties to Summit County. Akron native Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate, was a previous honoree.

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at mabram@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3758.


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