BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Scheduled events

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time to recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Below is a list of events as submitted to The Vindicator:

Public library: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has a list of programs for Black History Month at its main library and branches. Go to, on Twitter at or on Facebook at county.

Today: Black Student Retention Series: Penguin Pathways Meet and Greet, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center, James Gallery.

Thursday and Feb. 22: The East VPA Black History Month Performance will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the East High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Chaney’s VPA Black History Performance will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in that school’s auditorium with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Admission for both performances is free. The performances will pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance and artists who were later inspired and influenced by the cultural explosion that occurred during the era. Each school’s performance will be unique in its presentation, cast and performance pieces.

Sunday: Black History Movie “Hidden Struggles in Ohio,” 4 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown.

Feb. 13: Black Student Retention Series: History of Black Student Organizations, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Kilcawley, President’s Suite.

Feb. 17: At East Library at 1 p.m., hear baseball historian Ike Brooks talk about the 16 Negro baseball players from the Negro Baseball League. Features refreshments such as black-eyed peas, sweet potato pie and sweet tea. For information, call 330-740-6086.

Feb. 18: Ted Toles, a black baseball player who played in the Negro League, and others, 4 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church. There will be a film on the players and a short clip on their lives and how they made a difference for all U.S. black people.

Feb. 19: Black and Jewish in America, 6 to 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. Contact: Jacob Labenz, 330-941-1603.

Feb. 19: At Poland Library at 6:30 p.m., learn more about potato chip inventor George Crum. Learn about his life, the history of the chip, and have a taste testing. For the whole family. Registration is required.

Feb. 20: At East Library at 6 p.m., celebrate Black History Month with a special story time. After the fun, make a peace wreath. For children of all ages.

Feb. 22: Black Student Retention Series: Keynote speaker Dr. Emma Fraser Pendleton, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Kilcawley, Ohio Room.

Feb. 23: Taft Elementary School, 730 E. Avondale Ave., Youngstown, celebrates black history from 9 to 11 a.m. Open to the public. Greeting by Youngstown City School CEO Krish Mohip and Mayor Jamael Tito Brown. Special performance by Harambee African dancers.

Feb. 25: The Rev. Henry McNeil of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church will speak on the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, where we are now and what we need to be doing in the future, 4 p.m., Beulah Baptist Church.

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