Listing of events at Youngstown State University and elsewhere for Black History Month, which is celebrated throughout February:

Today: Noon to 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center. The African Marketplace, an opportunity for the public to sample jewelry, writings, goods and creations by African-American and African authors and artists.

Tuesday: 7 p.m., McDonough Museum of Art, Bliss Hall Gallery. Artist Hilton Murray, panel discussion. Murray works in graphic design, television production, advertising and art history and creates architectural structures reflecting a diversity of cityscapes.

Feb. 15: 7:30 p.m., Ohio Room, “Images of Youngstown: Landscapes in film and literature,” lecture by Derrick Jones, a filmmaker and instructor at Bowling Green University.

Feb. 22: 6:30 p.m., The Gallery, Kilcawley Center. African Movie Night with discussion afterward. “Where the Water Meets the Sky” documents the story of women in a remote region of northern Zambia who are taught how to make a film as a way to speak about their experiences in the AIDS epidemic. “White King, Red Rubber and Black Death” portrays King Leopold II, the ruthless Belgian colonialist who ruled the Democratic Republic of Congo as his private property and was responsible for the murder of 20 million Africans.

Feb. 24: 6:30 to 10 p.m., Youngstown Club, 201 E. Commerce St., Youngstown. “An Evening of Jazz” featuring Jeff Green and his band. Tickets are $50 per person and include parking, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Feb. 25: 7 p.m., The Gallery, “Blacks in the Military,” lecture by Yvonne Latty, born and raised in New York City. She is the director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.

Feb. 28: 7 p.m., Ohio Room, “I Question America: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a play by E.P. Mc-Knight, graduate of Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York.


Warren: The true-life story of Henry “Box” Brown, the man who mailed himself out of slavery, will be presented through dramatic storytelling, original music and magic at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Avenue NW. The Black History Month program features Rory Rennick, known as “The Magistic,” who shares the story through a blend of theatrical magic and motivational insight. Brown escaped slavery by mailing himself in a wooden box from Richmond, Va., to Philadelphia in 1849. The program is especially for children age 6 to 12. Registration is not required.

Warren: Kent State University Trumbull Campus, room 202, classroom/administration building, celebrates Black History Month with a variety of activities. Dr. Leslie Heaphy speaks on the Negro Baseball League at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Heaphy teaches a variety of courses at Kent State University. Professor Mwatabu Okantah will have a poetry reading an lecture at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15. He is an assistant professor and poet-in-residence in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. He will provide commentary pertinent to Black History Month to complement the readings. A question-and-answer session will follow. Dr. George Garrison of KSU will discuss “Africa & Africans in the Early Christian Bible and Early Christianity” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Before his time at Kent State, Garrison served in the Vietnam War and also taught at a boarding school in the Navajo Indian Nation. This lecture will also identify Africans who were popes in the early Catholic Church. Additionally, Lifeshare will conduct two blood drives from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 near the Classroom/Administration Building. For additional information regarding these events, please contact Jacob Roope at 330-675-8858 or via e-mail at

Youngstown: Steffon Wydell Jones, local historian and Civil War re-enactor, will present a combined program, “Reflections of Daddyo: George Wydell Jones Jr.” and “The Buffalo Soldiers,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Youngstown Center of Industry and Labor (steel museum), 151 W. Wood St. George Wydell Jones Jr. was an original member of the doo-wop group The Edsels in the early 1950s and 1960s. Cost is $4 for adults; $3 for senior citizens; $2 for children. For information, call Steffon Wydell Jones at 330-774-8214.

Youngstown: Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave. Black History Month theme: “African Americans’ Past to the Present.” Ted Toles will speak about Negro Baseball League at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. The presentation is free.

East Liverpool: The city school district’s second annual Black History Month celebration called “Lest We Forget” will be Feb. 18-19 at the school district administration building, 500 Maryland Ave. The two-day event is sponsored by the Sister to Sister women’s group and the NAACP. Tickets are $25 ($40 for a couple) for one day; or $35 ($55 for a couple) for both days, and must be purchased in advance by calling 330-870-5124. Feb. 18 event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception. A tribute to past and present residents who contributed to the community begins at 7 p.m. The Feb. 19 event begins at 11 a.m. with an African Marketplace. At 3 p.m., Robert Roche of the American Indian Education Center in Cleveland will give a lecture on the American Indian’s role in helping slaves escape to freedom. At 5 p.m., Mary Badham, known for her portrayal of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will recall her experiences on the film, followed by a question-and-answer period. The day ends at 6:30 p.m. with a musical program.

Youngstown: The Mahoning Shenango Valley Historical Club will have a free black-history program at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the main library, 305 Wick Ave.

Youngstown: A representative of the Youngstown unit of the NAACP and Judy Williams of Youngstown, a local historian for the black community, will speak at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 for the Carousel Center at Newport Branch library, 3730 Market St. The center provides several programs for adults who are developmentally disabled. The event is open to the public. The speakers will provide information on local black history, explain how the NAACP was formed, and also describe how the organization serves the public.

Youngstown: Steffon Wydell Jones will have a program on black Civil War soldiers buried at historic Oak Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave. The cost is $4 for adults; $3 for senior citizens; and $2 for children.

Source: YSU, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, The Carousel Center, Mahoning Shenango Valley Historical Club. KSU-Trumbull, Beulah Baptist Church

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