BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Calendar of events

A list of area events to commemorate in February, Black History Month, as submitted to The Vindicator:


Today: Each year, Chaney Visual and Performing Arts celebrates Black History Month by focusing on different eras of African-American history and music. Student performers will celebrate the era of the Harlem Renaissance by presenting “A Harlem Renaissance Experience” in a student body performance at 1:15 p.m. and a public performance at 6 p.m. in the Chaney auditorium, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave. Cost for the public performance is $4 for adults and $3 for students. The event will include vocal and instrumental music, dance and drama performance pieces. The visual and commercial artwork of VPA students will be displayed throughout the main lobby and in the set design for the performance. For information, call VPA coordinator Tracy Schuler Vivo at 330-744-8830.

Saturday: Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park will host its fourth annual BHM celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reed’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1939 Jacobs Road, Youngstown. There will be a presentation at 1 p.m. For information, email

Saturday: A BHM program featuring singing, dancing, poetry and other artistic performances will take place at 5 p.m. at Rising Star Baptist Church, 2943 Wardle Ave., Youngstown.

Saturday: A Black History health and wellness day is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McGuffey Centre, 1649 Jacobs Road, Youngstown. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be blood pressure screenings and refreshments available. Speakers will in Christine Snipes, physical therapist, who will discuss recovering from a stroke; Kim Hamilton RN, on coping with stress and anxiety; nutritionist Jane Ewing, on adopting healthy eating habits; Tanya Bell, on living with kidney failure and dialysis; and Karen Collins, on living with lupus. Vendors are welcome, call 330-720-2328 for information.

Sunday: The Rev. Emmanuel T. Adams of Old Glory Church will speak on the Black Lives Matter movement at 4 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.

March 4: Rayen Early College Middle School has moved its Black History Month event to March. “The Freedom Road,” a special tribute performance honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place at 12:45 p.m. in the Chaney Campus auditorium, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave. For information, contact Debbie DiFrancesco or Alicia Anderson at 330-744-7602.

Ongoing: A VPA visual and commercial art exhibit, “A Harlem Renaissance Experience,” will be on display throughout the month of February in the main lobby of the Chaney Campus, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave., Youngstown, during regular school hours. For information, call VPA coordinator Tracy Schuler Vivo at 330-744-8830.

Ongoing: “Ebony Lifeline Sports Museum: The Valley’s Diverse Athletic Heritage” is on display through April 30 in the Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. It features a collection of sports-related images, trophies and equipment that highlight the sports contributions of the black and Latino communities in the Mahoning Valley and was created by the Ebony Lifeline Support Group in 1996 as part of the celebration of Youngstown’s bicentennial. The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For information, visit or call 330-743-2589.


Today: The Warren library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, will be the setting for a 6:30 p.m. family story time, “Learning About John Coltrane.” Families with children preschool age and older will hear stories about the legendary jazz saxophonist. An activity will follow.

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