Celebrate Black History Month 2022

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month 2022

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The Power of Voice–Who Needs American Voices?

Wed., Feb. 2 • 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
$5 suggested donation

In the early 1800s, it was often said that this new country had no art or literature of its own. Who used their voices to make a change? Dr. John Getz, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Xavier University  will lead discussion on selected readings from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Learn more and register below or at 800.847.6507.

Martin’s Dream

Wed., Feb. 2–Fri., Feb. 4
Presented by The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati.

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech, and song. This production has two versions: one for younger audiences and another for older audiences age 8+. The version for older audiences contains historically accurate quotes using words or expressions which may be considered insensitive by varying degrees. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Schools or teachers are required to pre-register for the 50-minute performance by 3 P.M., Fri., Jan 28, 2022. You pick the version of the play and the date and time of your viewing based on your class schedule. After receiving your registration request, a companion activity guide, the program link, and the access code will be emailed to you. Register by emailing [email protected] or call Jamita Royal, NAAMCC Museum Education Specialist, at 800.752.2603 ext. 0 from Wed-Sat from 9 A.M.– 4 P.M.


Hidden Figures Revealed: Dynamic History of Black Mathematicians from The Ohio State University

Thurs., Feb. 10 • 7 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Ranthony Edmonds, The Ohio State unviersity

Did the popularity of the 2016 film, Hidden Figures make you wonder about other Black Mathematicians in your community? Learn more about the history of Black math students and professionals. Nearly 200 mathematicians that identify as Black have earned degrees from the Department of Mathematics at OSU, yet their stories and legacies remain untold.  Register for this free education program through this Zoom link https://bit.ly/32ZnQGS. Go to ohiohistory.org/naamcc or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0 for more information

Black History Month In-Person Programming


The History of Union Baptist Cemetery

Sun., Feb. 6 • 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Cinncinati

Learn about Cincinnati’s historic Union Baptist Cemetery. From the time it was established in the mid-19th century through modern preservation efforts, this cemetery in the city’s Price Hill neighborhood has been a place of honor and memory for Cincinnati’s Black community. In-person and online options may be available. Visit stowehousecincy.org for updates or call 800.847.6507.

Semi-Colon Club Book Discussion Group

Sat., Feb. 26 • Noon
Hosted by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Cinncinati

Join us to discuss the 2016 documentary 13th by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, exploring the history of race and the U.S. criminal justice system. The Semi-Colon Club was a literary discussion group Harriet Beecher joined while living in Cincinnati. Advance registration is required at stowehousecincy.org or call 800.847.6507.

Ohio History Connection/Ohio History Center & the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center


We require everyone to wear masks at live events in the Ohio History Center & the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center to help limit the spread of the more infectious variants of COVID-19.

The Tea Room

Sat., Feb. 19, 11 a.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
$15/Participant, $10/Member

The Tea Room is a contemporary version of the African American Tea Ceremony that began in the mid-19th century. Annually on Feb. 15, enslaved people were given teas and food from plantation Valentine’s Day celebrations. This tradition evolved into gatherings held at churches and later Black-owned tea houses. Designed to create an environment of fellowship and empowerment, our Tea Room will be a forum for networking and learning about the achievements of African Americans in Ohio. $15/participant, $10/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration is required by Feb 18. Learn more and register below.

Vanishing Communities—Preserving Cultural Heritage Through Photography

Sat., Feb. 26, 11 a.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Included with museum admission
$15, $13/ages 60+, $9/ages 4–12, Free/Ohio History Connection member or ages 3 & under

Hear local photographers Shellee Fisher, T. Graves, and James Reid discuss the changing dynamics of neighborhoods due to urban renewal. They’ll talk about how photography is one method for preserving the essential stories of Black communities. Learn more below.

2021 Art of Soul! Awards Ceremony

Sat., Feb. 26, 1 p.m.
The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce
Included with museum admission.
$6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.

Join us for the last viewing of the 2021 Art of Soul! Juried Art Show from 9 A.M. until 4 P.M. and meet some of the artists who created the 66 pieces of artwork. During the 1 P.M. ceremony, the winners of the 2021 show will be announced. For more information visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc or email [email protected].

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