BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Scheduled events

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


Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., will host Black History Month programs at 4 p.m. every Sunday during the month of February.

Sunday: Rev. Henry McNeil from Elizabeth Baptist Church will speak on the Civil Rights Movement and black leaders of today.

Feb. 12: Speakers will be present to discuss health and wellness in the black community. Additionally, the issues of drugs and the infant-mortality rate will be addressed.

Feb. 19: There will be a talent show with various church choirs, mime groups and readings on black history.

Feb. 26: Blane Griffen will speak on black history and preparing young people for the future.

Saturday: The African American Collection, presented by Al Bright, professor emeritus of Art and the Youngstown Chapter of The Links Inc., will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Butler Institute of American Art Zona Auditorium, first floor Beecher Center, 524 Wick Ave. Refreshments will be served. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact or 330-743-1107, ext. 123.

Feb. 10: East High School begins its program, “A Tribute to Black Pioneer Doctors – The Door to Awareness” at 8:50 a.m. Dr. David M. Davis, a family practitioner, is the featured speaker. The program will allow students to reflect on black pioneers in the medical field who have paved the way for others to follow.

Feb. 12: The Black/Jewish Book and Dialogue Club will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane. The event will feature an intercultural, interfaith discussion of Rebecca Walker’s “Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.” In this book, Rebecca Leventhal Walker attempts to define herself as a soul instead of a symbol created by her parents, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker and Atty. Mel Leventhal – and offers a new look at the challenge of personal identity.

Feb. 15: Chaney Visual and Performing Arts will offer a Black History Month performance of “Dream” at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave. Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults. For information or to book a special school performance, contact Tracy Schuler Vivo at 330-744-8830 or

Feb. 25: The Youngstown Chapter of The Links Inc. will host a black diamond leadership brunch at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave., Boardman, honoring influential black male leaders in the Mahoning Valley. Donations are $30 per person. For information, call 330-406-9550.

Feb. 25: Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park Inc. sponsors a program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reed’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1939 Jacobs Road. The event will include vendors and displays. A program at noon will feature guest speaker William J. Blake, director of student diversity at Youngstown State University. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact 330-501-9808.

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Friday: A math colloquium will take place at 3 p.m. in Lincoln Hall, 510. Dr. Reginald McGee will discuss his research on determining bio-markers for subgroups of acute myeloid leukemia and developing mathematics to better understand signaling pathways dynamics in leukemia cells.

Saturday: The African Marketplace will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. There will be food, vendors and performances.

Monday: Artist Tim Portlock’s work will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m. in Solomon Gallery, Bliss Hall. Portlock was born in Chicago, which inspired his lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity. His current body of work is created using 3-D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the abandoned and foreclosed buildings.

Next Thursday: Those interested in a law career are invited to Kilcawley Center’s President’s Suite from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. to listen to successful black female attorneys share their experiences in the legal field. Speakers are Carla Baldwin of Youngstown, magistrate, Mahoning County Juvenile Court, and Baker Botts law firm partner Christa Brown-Sanford from Dallas.

Feb. 13: Ava DuVernay’s film, “13th,” which exposes the rapid increase of black male incarceration, will be shown at 6 p.m. in James Gallery in Kilcawley Center. After the film, a panel discussion led by student organizations, Sisters with a Vision and the Youngstown Chapter of the NAACP will take place.

Feb. 15: The public is invited to join the Student Diversity Council from 6 to 8 p.m. at James Gallery for refreshments and a game of Who Knew. Four groups of participants will answer questions and fill in riddles based on African-American leaders.

Feb. 16: A magic and comedy show, co-sponsored by the Division of Student Experience, Student Diversity Programs and Black Student Union, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Chestnut Room. Magician Josh Triplett will be on the TV shows “My Crazy Ex” and “Super Girl.” Comedian Quincy Carr will make his film debut this year.

Feb. 16: Dr. Ken Fones-Wolf, a history professor at West Virginia University, will speak about black workers and religion in the post-World War II South from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Youngstown Museum of Labor and Industry (Steel Museum), 151 W. Wood St.

Feb. 24: The African Student Union movie night will take place at 7 p.m. in James Gallery. Clint Eastwood’s film “Invictus,” which explores how a country divided can come together to celebrate athletic success, will be shown.

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Wednesday: The Lawrence County Historical Society will present a program “Traveling Shoes: Looking at African-American Migration” at 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Clavelli History Center at the historical society, 408 N. Jefferson St. In 1910, 7 million of the 8 million black people in the U.S. lived in the deep South. African-Americans sought to build a new home for themselves and to take control of their own destiny. They put on their “traveling shoes” and pulled up roots, and then journeyed to places unknown to them. Event speaker Jean Speight will offer a Power Point program and a lecture that addresses many questions relating to the success of the migration. The program is free. For information, call 724-658-4022.


Wednesday: Kent State University at Trumbull will host “On the Matter of Lives,” a community discussion about the issues associated with both Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter campaigns at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Trumbull Auditorium, located in the Classroom/Administration building, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW. Panelists are Capt. Daniel Zampelli, Akron Police Department; Professor Stanley Smith, retired police officer and visiting lecturer, Department of Disaster Science & Emergency Services at the University of Akron; and Molly Merryman, film documentarist and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at Kent State University. Dr. Lance Grahn, dean and chief administrative officer, Kent State University at Trumbull, will serve as forum moderator. The free event is sponsored by Kent State Trumbull’s Diversity in Action Council. Guests are invited to a reception following the discussion. Sign-language interpreters will be provided. Free T-shirts will be available at the door for Kent State Trumbull students.

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