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University Circle Celebrates Black History Month

Monday, February 01, 2021 10:00AM —
Sunday, February 28, 2021 2:00PM

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Monday, February 01, 2021 - Sunday, February 28, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month with University Circle! Enjoy special online programs and activities throughout the month to honor Black History.

Case Western Reserve University
Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation featuring keynote address by Heather McGhee
Friday, February 5, 12:45 p.m.
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Heather McGhee is a public policy expert who designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. She will be sharing timely insights from her forthcoming book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. The virtual MLK Convocation will be presented live online. Registration is requested.

Building Black Avenue: How Youth Voices are Shaping the Development of Cleveland’s East 66th Street
Thursday, February 18, 4:00 p.m.
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Join Daniel Gray Kontar (director of Twelve Literary Arts) and members of the Youth Development Council for a virtual discussion about the creation of the new "Black Avenue" along E. 66th Street and the integral role that teens are playing in its development. Hear how the built environment has shaped the youths' lives and their understanding of the neighborhood, learn how the act of collecting stories from residents and elders strengthening intergenerational trust and respect, and discover their vision for the new Black Avenue.

Black History in Your Backyard
Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.
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The event will offer an opportunity to students of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Residents at large to learn about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, through a virtual speaking engagement with the Director of Fatima Family Center, LaJean Rae. There will be a free giveaway of books written by authors of color or relevant to the civil rights movement and gift cards to local businesses.

Building Bridges of Community through Poetry & Vocal Expression
Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m.
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The Mandel Black Student Association at Case Western Reserve University is excited to announce that we will be hosting Building Bridges of Community through Poetry & Vocal Expression. Join us as we showcase talented performers from throughout the city of Cleveland, sharing their creative visions on how we can build a community of support, belonging, and togetherness.

CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning
The Most Delicate, The Most Vulnerable: Black Girls and Women in the Fiction of Jesmyn Ward and Colson Whitehead
Fridays, February 5- 26, 10:00 a.m.
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Award-winning contemporary novelists Jesmyn Ward and Colson Whitehead each examine how American history, life, and violence affect Black girls and women. Both authors' novels will be read and discussed in this upcoming course you won't want to miss.

Karamu House
“The Impact of Shuffle Along,” presented by Karamu House and The Musical Theater Project
February 1 – 28
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This special program nearly 20 songs from the original 1921 musical and tells the story and history of this Broadway production, the first of its kind to be written and performed entirely by Black Americans. Visit karamuhouse.org to register and access.

Inspired by Langston Poetry Workshop with Siaara Freeman
Friday, February 5, 6:30 p.m.
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Join this poetry workshop, "Inspired by Langston," with Siaara Freeman. Freeman is a native Clevelander and an award-winning poet and performer and published in multiple literary magazines, journals and anthologies. A part of Karamu House’s “Our Roots Run Deep” Black History Month virtual celebration.

Family African Dance Workshop
Friday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.
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Have fun with the entire family with this FREE African Dance Workshop with Djapo Cultural Arts Institute. Celebrate Black History Month by learning more about African dance and its traditions. A part of Karamu House’s “Our Roots Run Deep” Black History Month virtual celebration. Register at Karamuhouse.org.

The Story of Anansi the Spider (Pre-K to Grade 3)
Friday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.
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For students in grades Pre-K through 3, join us for an interactive story of "Anansi the Spider," an African folklore story. A part of Karamu House’s “Our Roots Run Deep” Black History Month virtual celebration.

Line Dancing with the Line Dance King
Friday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
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Join Robert Johnson, known throughout the area as "The Line Dance King," for an interactive and online line dancing lesson. This live session will have you dusting off those dancing shoes and seeing faces, both new and familiar, on your screen. A part of Karamu House’s “Our Roots Run Deep” Black History Month virtual celebration.

Hip Hop Dance Workshop
Friday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
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Celebrate the last Friday in February with an exciting and interactive online hip hop class with 10K Movement! A part of Karamu House’s “Our Roots Run Deep” Black History Month virtual celebration.

Cleveland History Center
Speaking of Cleveland Lecture Series | Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities
Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m.
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In this presentation, historian and author Regennia N. Williams, Ph.D. will discuss the evolving role of religion in Black America, based on her ongoing research for the Praying Grounds Oral History Project and her books and other publications, including Cleveland, Ohio and Race, Religion, and Reconciliation: Academic Initiatives, Leadership Development, and Social Change.

Speaking of Cleveland | Black Innovators of Northeast Ohio (For Kids k-5)
Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 p.m.
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In this program, geared toward grades K-5, students will learn about three Black Clevelanders who improved the city through their commitments to innovation, education, and community. All registrants are asked to have blank paper and markers/crayons/colored pencils on hand when they sign on for the program.

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