Area Black History Month events:
YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
Friday: "First Fridays," 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., DeBartolo Stadium Club, Youngstown State University's Stambaugh Stadium, upper level. Providing an atmosphere for professionals from diverse backgrounds to socialize, break down barriers, network and be entertained outside the work environment. Live music. For advance reservations, call (800) 380-8110. The event is sponsored by Longevity Promotions and YSU's Africana Studies Program.Saturday: The African Marketplace, noon to 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. Feb. 6: Movie Night: "Islam and People of African Descent," 7 p.m., Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center. Feb. 9: The Kankouran Dance Event, 1 p.m. workshop and 7 p.m. performance, Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center.Feb. 13: African American History in the Mahoning Valley, 1 to 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. Session 1: City of Youngstown. Speakers, Dr. Herbert Armstrong, McCullough Williams, Isadore Blakely and Mike Beverly. Session 2: City of Warren. Speaker, Mike Conley. Session 3: Hispanics. Speaker, Mary Isa Garayua, executive director, Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana. Session 4: The Underground Railroad in the Mahoning Valley. Speakers, Dr. Donna DeBlasio, director, YSU Center for Historic Preservation; Marcelle Wilson, research historian, Center for Historic Preservation; Wendell F. Lauth, Mahoning Valley historian.Feb. 14: "Machine Gun and Soldiers' Blues: Jimi Hendrix, Vietnam and Black Conscription" lecture by Kimberly Phillips, author and associate professor in the history department of the College of William and Mary, 7:30 p.m. Humphrey Room, Kilcawley Center. Feb. 19: Lecture by Dr. Byllye Avery, founding president and executive director of the National Women's Health Project on the topic "Health Issues of African American Women," 7:30 p.m., Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center.Feb. 22: Poetry reading by Wanda Coleman of California, 4 p.m., Kilcawley Art Center. Feb. 25: "The Struggle Continues," a lecture by Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor and former U.S. representative, 7 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. Feb. 28: Panel discussion on contemporary Africa: "Back to the Basics in Africa," 7 p.m., Ohio Room, Kilcawley Center, by YSU professors who discuss the African condition in the global community from different disciplines and suggest solutions to the continent's problems. Panelists: Dr. Christian Onwudiwe, criminal justice; Dr. Ndinzi Masagara, foreign languages and literature; Dr. Ebenge Usip, economics; Dr. Frank Akpadock, YSU Center for Urban Studies; Dr. Daniel Ayana, history. Moderator: Dr. Victor Wan-Tatah, philosophy and religious studies and director, Africana Studies Program.
Feb. 7: The Youngstown Post Office will pay homage to writer/poet Langston Hughes, the 2002 honoree in the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Commemorative Stamp Series, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 214 at the Main Post Office. Dr. Victor Wan-Tatah will speak on the national theme: "The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?" The video "Blue-Eyed" will also be shown. Feb. 9: Sisterhood presents its fifth annual black history luncheon, "Prepare Today for Your Tomorrow: Answering the Challenge," noon in St. Mark's Hall, Logan Avenue. Speaker is Jerry McKinney of McKinney & amp; Associates Realty. Cost, $20; call (330) 743-2916.
Feb. 10: Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum in Ashtabula will present "Tea With Joshua Giddings" at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church. Fred Robsel will present a historical re-enactment of Joshua Giddings, a fiery anti-slavery congressman from Northeast Ohio both before and during the Civil War years. Giddings successfully fought to re-establish free debate on the slavery issues in Congress. Beverages and finger foods will be served. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door or the Riverfront Trader on Bridge Street, Ashtabula. For more information, call Toby Lahti at (440) 964-5374.