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:
Saturday: At East Library at 1 p.m., hear baseball historian Ike Brooks talk about the 16 Negro baseball players from the Negro Baseball League, including local player Ted Toles. Features refreshments such as black-eyed peas, sweet potato pie and sweet tea. For information, call 330-740-6086.
Sunday: Ted Toles, who played in the Negro League, and others, 4 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown. There will be a film on the players and a short clip on their lives and how they made a difference.
Monday: Black and Jewish in America, 6 to 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. Call Jacob Labenz, 330-941-1603.
Monday: At Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., 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.
Tuesday: At East Library, 430 Early Road, 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., 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. 24: Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park Inc. invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at Reed’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1939 Jacobs Road, Youngstown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will be present. Program at noon. Refreshments will be served.
Feb. 24: Sutliff Museum, 444 Mahoning Ave., Warren, will host a winter open house from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Black History Month. A reading of “Freedom River” by Doreen Rappaport will take place at 2 p.m. For information, visit www.sutliffmuseum.org or call 330-395-6575.
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.