A list of area events to commemorate in February, which is Black History Month, as submitted to The Vindicator:
Tuesday: Guest speaker John C. Fazio will give a free presentation “The Proclamation that Saved a Nation,” at 6 p.m. at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. Fazio said the document was prepared for moral, political, economic and military reasons. The presentation will explore these reasons, the three different interpretations of the proclamation and its immediate and long-term effects. The presentation also will cover the 13th Amendment and how later generations of African-Americans viewed both documents. The 13th Amendment, adopted in 1865, officially abolished slavery in the United States. Fazio has bachelor’s and law degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its president. He frequently speaks about the Civil War to groups and has written and published numerous articles about the war.
Feb. 18: The YWCA Warren, in partnership with Seekers of True African History, or SOTAH, will host its first conference, “From Africa to America,” at the YWCA Warren, 375 North Park Ave., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The conference is free and designed to re-educate people about Africans and their rightful place in history and will cover topics such as Africans in the Bible, the civil rights movement, African music and dance and biographies of great Africans and black Americans. Vendor space is available for $25 for an 8-foot table. Contact Orneil Heller with SOTAH at 330-307-6098 or Lea Dotson with the YWCA Warren at 330-373-1010, ext. 18 to register or for more information.
Saturday: African Market Place, noon to 6 p.m., Chestnut Room, Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center.
Next Sunday: Free Gospel concert with Faith 2 Faith and other singing groups from Youngstown and Campbell, 4 p.m., Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.
Feb. 9: Reception, 5 p.m., YSU Bliss Hall Art Gallery, panel discussion: African American Art.
Feb. 9: The Art of Louis Borroughs, 6 p.m., McDonough Art Museum.
Feb. 11: African fitness dance class, 11 a.m., St. Andrewes AME Church, 521 W. Earle Ave., Youngstown.
Feb. 12: Skit on famous black Americans in America, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Paul L. Dunbar, 4 p.m., Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.
Feb. 13: Biracial/mixed experience: Keynote lecture by Heidi Duro, 7:30 p.m., YSU Kilcawley Center.
Feb. 18: The Faces of Black History, an entertainment group from New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., YSU Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room.
Feb. 19: Speaker on the state of African-Americans and how to better the family, 4 p.m., Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.
Feb. 24: Lecture by Shawan Williams: “Blogging While Black,” 7:30 p.m., YSU Kilcawley Center, Gallery.
Feb. 25: “An Evening of Gospel Jazz,” 6 p.m., YSU Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room.
Feb. 26: Talent show with youths from churches in Youngstown, Campbell and Warren, 4 p.m., Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.