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February events to mark Black History Month

February 7, 2019

February events to mark Black History Month

It’s time again to celebrate and honor the achievements of the African-American community for their many contributions to society, including in science, medicine, entertainment, politics and numerous other fields large and small. Here is a list of events around Greater Cleveland that families may want to take part in throughout this month.

African-American history self-guided tour through Cleveland is presented by The Cleveland Historical Society through February. The tour peeks into some of black Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods. Go to bit.ly/2REWLg7. The site includes a map of the locations, as well as a description of each venue.

“Five Who Chose Freedom.” Paul Goebbel will tell the story of the five African-Americans who joined John Brown at Harpers Ferry. Goebbel will be at the following locations: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Richmond Heights branch, 5235 Wilson Mills Road. Monday at 7 p.m. at South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch, 1876 S Green Road. “Who Inspired You?” will be posed by business and political leaders in Akron from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Akron Main Library, Auditorium, 60 South High St. Local leaders will share their “recipe for success,” answer questions and network with the audience. Free.

“Tour The History of African-Americans in Baseball” will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleveland. It looks at the involvement of people of color in baseball, especially Cleveland’s history from the 1920s through 1950s. Free.

The 45th annual Black History Flag Raising Ceremony takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland.

Mary McLeod Bethune, Dorothy Height & the Movement, will be the focus of a talk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, 1876 S. Green Road. Enjoy a dynamic afternoon with the Cleveland section of the National Council of Negro Women. Both Bethune and Height were active in the civil rights movement.

Cleveland Public Library will host several events: Author Anthony Ray Hinton, “The Sun Does Shine,” at 2 p.m. Saturday. Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 525 Superior Ave.

“Uptight,” a film by Jules Dassin, will be screened at noon Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Glenville branch, 11900 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland. The movie, filmed on the East Side of Cleveland, spotlights Clevelanders.

The National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read will discuss “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Brooklyn branch, 4480 Ridge Road. Also coming up are two free writing workshops from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2 at the Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland.

Building a Sense of Community events will be presented by the city of Cleveland, City Hall Rotunda, 601 Lakeside Ave. Free. Open to the public. Food samples provided. Below is a list of topics and dates. Building a Sense of Community for Armed Forces. Friday, Feb. 8, noon. Building a Sense of Community in Gospel Music. Sunday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., at Calvary COGIC, at Calvary Church of God in Christ, 10808 Superior Ave., Cleveland. Building a Sense of Community in Media. Tuesday, Feb. 12, noon. Building a Sense of Community for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness. Friday, Feb. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m. Building a Sense of Community for Women’s Health. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building a Sense of Community in Arts & Culture. Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m. All programs will be at the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, 601 Lakeside Ave., except where noted.

A “Slice of History” will include dinner at the International Women’s Air & Space Museum, 1501 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Gigi Coleman, the great-niece of aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman, who after being denied access to a pilot’s license here, went to France and became the first African-American woman to obtain a license. Coleman will share her aunt’s story.

“Living Legends” will be celebrated from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd. Explore the rich history of Cleveland’s African-American community. To purchase tickets, go to bit.ly/2Sq6lIs.

A Dakos Dance fundraiser will be from 4 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 17. An array of live entertainment is planned. Proceeds benefit the Association of African American Cultural Gardens. The venue is at 661 Broadway Ave., Bedford. Tickets are $15. Go to bit.ly/2WHDM8A.

Rock X CPL: Fight the Power: Rock Hall and Cleveland Public Library Collaborative Programming. This program looks at how music helped ignite social change. Events will be at the following Cleveland Public Library locations: Rice branch, Tuesday, Feb. 19 and 26, 4:30 p.m. Walz branch, Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:00 p.m. Fulton branch, Monday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m. An Evening With musicians Greg Tate and Craig Street will be hosted by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rock Hall’s Foster Theatre, 1100 East Ninth St., Cleveland. Free with RSVP at rockhall.com.

“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” screening hosted by the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Karamu Performing Arts Theatre, 2355 East 89th St., Cleveland. Free tickets are available at bit.ly/2HZZpxM.

Cuyahoga County Public Library events: On Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., The Ecumenical Disciples Choir will perform and share the history of African-American gospel music and spirituals. The event is at the Warrensville Heights branch, 4415 Northfield Road.

“Triple Nickles: America’s First All Black Paratroopers” will be honored with an exhibit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Feb. 28. The group made history in 1944 by becoming the first all-black infantry battalion. The event is at the Akron Main Library, 60 South High St., Business & Government 3rd Floor. Free.

“King Records: Thirty years that changed American Music” is the title of an exhibit focusing on the history of King Records in Cincinnati. Every Friday through February, the Library & Archives will be open for walk-in visitors to view the exhibit. The exhibit dedication will be Thursday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave., Cleveland. Tickets are $15, and include one drink and hors d’oeuvres. Go to: bit.ly/2MTxtug.

“Motown 60th Anniversary Highlight Reel” will run through February. Showtimes vary. The 60-minute film includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies of the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson 5 and Martha & the Vandellas. Screenings will be in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theatre, 1100 East Ninth St., Cleveland.

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