The Celebration of Us: 2016 Black History Month Event Series

Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

1780 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906

2016 Black History Month: "A Celebration of Us"
Hosted by Ohio State University-Mansfield, North Central State College, North End Community Improvement Collaborative,
Mansfield Human Relations Commission and the Area Agency on Aging

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Readings from Langston Hughes' poem "Theme for English B"
and Thomas Gibbons' play A House with No Walls
Tuesday, January 26 - 12:30pm-1:30pm, 151 Riedl Hall (Conard Perform
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For many slaves, from Oney Judge, President George Washington's slave, to Frederick Douglass, the struggles for civil rights started with education. Those who had knowledge kept from them championed education as both a cherished right and a personal responsibility. In 2016 this struggle remains, and how we address it will define our community. Join us to explore the dynamics and challenges of contemporary education, difference, and responsibility, as students present dramatic readings from Thomas Gibbons' play "A House with No Walls" and Langston Hughes' poem "Theme for English B." A moderated discussion will follow.


"A Call to Action": Community Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, February 18 - 5:00pm-7:30pm, Mid Ohio Conference Center

Voting Rights: It Still Matters!  Though the movie Selma dramatized the anquish and triumph of the African American struggle for voting rights, in 2016 the issues of voting rights within the Black community still matter. Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion of why voting rights remain a relevant topic within today's civil rights political agenda. Ohio State Mansfield Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rachel Bowen, will moderate this session. Panelists include: Dr. Dorey Diab, President of North Central State College; Deanna West Torrence, Mansfield City Council; and Jay Allred, Publisher of RichlandSource, as well as representatives from College Republicans and College Democrats student groups.


Triumph Over Adversity - The Power of the Negro Spiritual
Thursday, February 25 - 12:00pm-1:30pm, 151 Riedl Hall (Conard Perform
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Understanding the influence of the "Negro Spiritual" has often been limited and misunderstood. Join Dr. David Tovey and the University Chorus as they share the music and narrative of the power of the Negro Spirituals as a religious and political coping tool in the midst of adversity of American slavery.


15th Annual Soul Food Dinner Celebration
Thursday, February 25 - 6:00pm-8:00pm, Marketplace/Eisenhower Center

The "Soul Food" tradition can be traced back to Southern plantations and slavery. Our Soul Food Dinner celebrates the tradition of culinary creativity that is presented in what's known as "good ol' down home cooking!" This year's dinner has as its theme the artistic explosion known as the Harlem Renaissance. Join us for an evening of good food and entertainment as we celebrate artistic expressions of the African American experience. For more information, click here.

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