Black History Month 2012

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February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration that honors the contributions made by African-Americans throughout U.S. history.

Check the list below to find a Black History event near you:

‘African-American Women Pioneers in Sports’

WHAT: Dr. Leslie Heaphy highlights African-American women and their significant achievements in sports. Event is co-sponsored by Kent State Stark’s History Club. Click HERE for more information.

WHERE: Kent State University at Stark, Library Conference Room, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720.

WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012, 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free to the public.

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‘An Evening of Theater Celebrating Black History Month’

WHAT: Presented by US Bank and The Urban League of Greater Cleveland. Event features the award-winning stage play, “Radio Golf,” by August Wilson. Production tells the story of a successful entrepreneur aspiring to become a city’s first black mayor. It’s the final chapter in Wilson’s 10-play cycle chronicling African-American life in the 20th century. Click HERE for more information.

WHERE: Allen Theater — Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $50

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‘History of African-Americans in American Politics’

WHAT: Former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Thom Collier, presents a brief examination on the political elements affecting African-Americans, from slavery to citizenship. Event sponsored by the OSU/M/NC State College Republicans. Click HERE for more information and additional events.

WHERE: North Central State College, Conard Performance Hall in Reidl Hall, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield, OH 44906.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free to the public.

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‘The Black List’

WHAT: Three-part series features video portraits of some of today’s most prominent African-Americans from areas of arts, sports, politics, business and government. Produced by photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and public radio host, journalist and former New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell. Moderated discussion to follow each video presentation. Click HERE for more information and additional events.

WHERE: Kent State University at Stark, Library Conference Room, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720.

WHEN: *See below:

  • Volume I – Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Volume II – Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Volume III – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.

 

ADMISSION: Free to the public.

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‘The Bluest Eye’

WHAT: A Karamu House production based off of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s novel. It chronicles the tragic life of a young black girl in Ohio, in the 1940s, and explores the toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, family and innocent girl. (Play contains adult language and themes.)

WHERE: Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106.

WHEN: February 3-26, 2012.

ADMISSION: Ticket prices vary depending on the day. Click HERE for dates, times and admission prices.

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The United Church of Christ Honors Black History Month

WHAT: The UCC Church House in Cleveland will feature prominent African-American preachers during Black History Month, who will lead worship services each Wednesday in February. Click HERE for more information.

WHERE: Amistad Chapel, 700 Prospect Avenue E, Cleveland, OH 44115.

WHEN: Each Wednesday in February at noon:

  • February 1, 2012 — Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president.
  • February 8, 2012 — Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler Sr., pastor of Mt. Zion Congregational UCC in Cleveland.
  • February 15, 2012 — U.S. Federal Judge Denise Page Hood.
  • February 29, 2012 — Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

 

ADMISSION: Free to the public.

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‘Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power’

WHAT: A groundbreaking new exhibit at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests get an in-depth look at more than 70 female artists and the important roles they have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today.  Exhibit features artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording booth. Click HERE for more information.

WHERE: 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114, Floors 5 & 6.

WHEN: Exhibit runs through February 26, 2012.

ADMISSION: Adults $22, Greater Cleveland residents (with ID) $18, Seniors/Military (with ID) $17, Children ages 9-12 $13, Children ages 8 and under FREE (with purchase of adult admission).

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Rock and Roll Night School – ‘Ladies First: Women in Hip-Hop’

WHAT: Event is part of the Rock Hall’s annual Black History Month celebration. Attendees will learn about the complicated and changing roles of female hip-hop artists, from early pioneers to today’s leading innovators. Class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions. Click HERE for more information.

WHERE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (in Foster Theater), 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free to the public, and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.