February 2016: Black History Month events, activities in the Valley

Freedom Quilt Fun. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Multiple branches; 330-744-8636. Celebrate Black History Month and design a square to add to the library’s Freedom Quilt. For children of all ages. East Library and Newport Library during library hours in February.

Black History Month Puzzle Challenge. Public Library, Boardman Branch, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. Find the answers to trivia questions during the month of February that relate to Black History Month. For each question you get right, you’ll get a puzzle piece to add to the Library’s puzzle. The goal is to see if you and the Library can finish the puzzle together by the end of the month. For children of all ages. Library hours in February.

Great Lives: Learning about Edna Lewis. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 206. This series for children in grades 1-6 explores great thoughts by learning about influential people through arts, crafts, books, and videos. February will feature Edna Lewis, the groundbreaking African-American chef who became well-known in the 1940s. Registration is required. 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3.

African Marketplace. Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at University Plaza, Youngstown, 44555; 214-283-4719, tmanderson03@ysu.edu. This annual event and marketplace is sponsored by YSU’s Africana Studies Program, Office of Student Diversity, and WFMJ. Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6.

Anansi’s Magical Tales with Rory Rennick. Public Library, Newport branch, 3730 Market St., Youngstown, 44507; 330-744-8636. Rory Rennick shares stories about West African folklore trickster, Anansi the Spider. Interactive fun for kids of all ages. 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6.

Celebrate Black History. East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown, 44505; 330-744-8636. Celebrate Black History month with crafts, books, and games. For the entire family. 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8.

West African Rhythm with Sogbety. Public Library, Austintown branch, 600 South Raccoon Road, 44515; 330-744-8636. Get a glimpse of West Africa with Sogbety Diomande, a native of the Ivory Coast, through drumming and dance, colorful costumes, musical instruments, rhythms and songs. This is interactive performance is for the whole family. 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8.

Artists Reception and Presentations: Henry Holden III and Maple Turner III. Solomon Art Gallery, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown, 44555; 214-283-4719, tmanderson03@ysu.edu. An artist reception occurs from 5-6 p.m. at Solomon Art Gallery in Bliss Hall followed by artist presentations (6-8:30 p.m) at the McDonough Museum of Art (next door). This event is sponsored by YSU’s Department of Art, YSU’s Africana Studies Program, and WFMJ. 5-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Showtime at Pete’s Apollo., The Hub, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Kilcawley Center, YSU, Elm Street at University Plaza, Youngstown, 44555; 214-283-4719, tmanderson03@ysu.edu. This event is sponsored by YSU’s Africana Studies Program, YSU Housing and Residence Life, and WFMJ. 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11.

Henry’s Freedom Box with Rory Rennick. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. Learn history, experience magic, and more as Rory Rennick tells the story of how slave Henry “Box” Brown escapes by shipping himself to freedom in a wooden crate. Based on the book by Ellen Levine. For children of all ages. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Friends of PLYMC: East Committee Black History Program. Public Library, East branch, 430 Early Road, Youngstown, 44505; 330-744-8636. This special Black History Program will feature a special presentation, crafts for the kids and refreshments (which include sweet tea, black-eyed peas and sweet potato pie). Fun for the entire family. For more information, contact the Development Office at 330-740-6086. 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20.

Storyteller Jocelyn Dabney. Liberty Branch Library, 415 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty, 44505; 330-759-2589. Jocelyn Dabney is a dynamic storyteller in the African-American oral tradition. Her performance will incorporate music, call and response, and participatory stories. This is a multi-generational, interactive storytelling event for all ages. Free admission; no registration necessary. 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20.

Harambee Youth Group of Youngstown. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 206. The Harambee Youth Group of Youngstown will present traditional African music and dances in a performance for all ages. Free admission; no registration necessary. 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21.

Family Story Time Black History Celebration. Public Library, Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. The Library will celebrate African American authors, artists, and inventors with stories, songs, and activities. Snack provided. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. For the entire family. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Guest Presentation: The Dred Scott Decision. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807, extension 206. Historical presenter Paul Goebbel will recount the story of Dred Scott, a slave struggling to gain his freedom through the courts ‚ eventually taking his case to the Supreme Court. Learn how the Supreme Court‚ decision sparked enormous political reaction at the coming of the Civil War and destroyed any chance of agreement between the North and the South over slavery in the territories. Free admission; no registration necessary. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Angela Burt-Murray

Angela Burt-Murray

Black Voices Matter: Race and Gender in the Age of Social Media. Williamson Auditorium, Williamson 1171, YSU, W. Wood Street at N. Hazel, Youngstown, 44555; 214-283-4719, tmanderson03@ysu.edu. Angela Burt-Murray, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and co-founder of Cocoa Media Group, will speak. This event is sponsored by YSU’s Department of Communications, Africana Studies Program and WFMJ. 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Book Discussion of President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Howland Branch Library, 9095 East Market St., Howland; 330-856-2011. Read the book and then join in the discussion. “President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman,” by William Lee Miller, is a biography of the United States’ 16th president and the moral dilemmas of a nation divided by slavery and war. The book is available to borrow from the library in paper and audiobook format. 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Family Storytime: Learning About John Coltrane. Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Main Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-8807. Families with children preschool age and older will hear stories about legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and will do an activity. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.

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